New Tool for Sustainable EU Building Performance

THE European Commission has launched the pilot phase of ‘Level(s)’, a new EU tool for sustainable buildings, which they hope will transform the building sector.

It is the first tool of its kind that has been developed for use across the whole of Europe and has been launched during World Green Building Week.

Level(s) is a voluntary reporting framework to improve the sustainability of buildings. Using existing standards, Level(s) provides a common EU approach to the assessment of environmental performance in the built environment. Level(s) provides an easy starting point to introduce sustainability into your work.

Level(s) is a tool for designing and constructing sustainable buildings. Sustainable buildings use less energy and materials and are healthier and more comfortable spaces for occupants. Along with lower environmental impact, sustainable buildings are relatively low cost to run and in the long term, more valuable properties.

Level(s) focuses attention on the most important aspects of a building’s performance, providing a simple entry point to what can be a very complex area. Click on the links below to learn more about how Level(s) can help you in designing and constructing better buildings.

It has been developed by the European Commission in close collaboration with key players such as Green Building Councils, businesses such as Skanska and Saint-Gobain, and the Sustainable Building Alliance.

The test phase for Level(s) is now being launched and will run until 2019. All building projects are invited to learn more about it and pilot the new tool.

James Drinkwater, Director of the World Green Building Council's Europe Regional Network, said: “This is a clear signal to the market that sustainable building practice is shifting from niche to norm. Having a common goal to deliver nearly zero-energy buildings across Europe galvanised industry-wide action, and now having a common language around ‘sustainable’ building helps us begin to really transform mainstream practice.” 

Picture of European Commission Flags by Sébastien Bertrand reproduced under CCL.

Friday 29th September 2017

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