EU communication about sustainable buildings

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On 1st of July, the European commission released a very important communication: “resource efficiency opportunities in the building sector”.

Starting from the fact that there is “lack of reliable, comparable and affordable data, methods and tools on which the operators in the supply chain can analyse and benchmark the environmental performance of different solutions”, the European commission propose a common European approach to assess the environmental performance of buildings.

The EU commission wants to develop a core set of indicators “focusing on the most essential aspects of environmental impacts. This will allow comparability and provide consumers and policy makers with easier access to reliable and consistent information”.

These indicators will be discussed and selected in 2014/2015, and they will be after that integrated in existing assessment tools.

This position of the EU commission is very well accepted by regional stakeholders, and has been defended for three years by the CESBA approach. CESBA promotes regional assessment tools based on a common framework with common indicators.

CESBA experts will propose the EU commission their experience in this work, and will make propositions in a conference in Bruxelles next 7th October.

To read the EU communication: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eussd/pdf/SustainableBuildingsCommunication.pdf

To read more on CESBA: www.cesba.eu

Etienne Vienot (RAEE)

Author: Etienne Vienot (RAEE)

I am project manager in charge of european projects at the regional energy agency of Rhône-Alpes.

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