Level(s): Building sustainability performance

22/09/2017

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.

The buildings sector is one of the most resource consuming sectors in Europe, accounting for approximately half of all extracted materials, half of total energy consumption, one third of water consumption and one third of waste generation.

That’s why the buildings sector is a key target in the European Commission’s policy for circular economy; a regenerative economic system in which resource and energy consumption are minimised.

Level(s) is a sustainability framework of the circular economy, and offers a tiered approach to life cycle assessment.

Level(s) was developed by the European Commission in close co-operation with industry stakeholders, including Skanska, Saint Gobain and Sustainable Building Alliance.

 

How can you participate

After more than two years of work, Level(s) is ready for testing from autumn 2017. Companies, associations and public authorities are warmly invited to participate in testing Level(s).

The test period will last for two years and the European Commission will provide technical support during this process.

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. Using Level(s), building professionals and their clients can increase their understanding of how their buildings impact upon the environment. Level(s) shows how to reduce environmental impact, and can prepare users for more challenging performance assessment schemes and tools.

Participants can test the complete Level(s) framework, or only parts of it. The feedback from test results will help improve Level(s) ahead of its final release, to ensure that the indicators and the user guidelines are robust and ready to market.

 

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