EC publishes toolkit for ‘Levels' sustainable buildings indicators

EC publishes toolkit for ‘Levels’ sustainable buildings indicators

After extensive consultation with industry the European Commission (EC) has developed a framework of indicators so introduce greater sustainability into the construction process.

Known as Level(s), it is a voluntary reporting framework that uses existing standards, to provides a common EU approach to the assessment of environmental performance in the built environment.

To support these indicators the EC has developed a Toolkit together with a series of video tutorials to aid implementation.

As part of the EU’s circular economy drive, Level(s) is a tool for designing and constructing sustainable buildings. Within the Level(s) framework, each indicator is designed to link the individual building’s impact with the priorities for sustainability at the European level. This focuses the Level(s) user on a manageable number of essential concepts and indicators at building level that contribute to achieving EU and Member State environmental policy goals.

The ultimate goal is sustainable buildings that use less energy and materials, and create structures that 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.

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

For this reason the built environment 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 designed to encourages life cycle thinking at a whole building level, and supports users all the way from design stage through to operation and occupation of a building.

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.

See Toolkit and video tutorials here

‘Levels’ news release (PDF)

What is levels? (video)