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EU Indicators for the environmental performance of buildings

A study was initiated by the European Commission in 2015 to develop a common framework of core indicators that could potentially be incorporated into new and existing assessment schemes, or be used on their own by a diverse range of stakeholders across the EU, including public authorities, design teams and property investors. 

Objectives of the consultation

This consultation focussed on an initial draft set of indicators that had been identified by the European Commission across 6 macro-objectives set as the initial basis for the framework and focused on performance at the building level. These 6 macro-objectives were as follows:

'Life cycle environmental performance' macro-objectives:

1. Greenhouse gas emissions from building life cycle energy use: Minimise the total GHG emissions along a buildings life cycle, with a focus on building operational energy use emissions and embodied emissions.
2. Resource efficient material life cycles: Optimise building design, engineering and form in order to support lean and circular flows, extend long-term material utility and reduce significant environmental impacts.
3. Efficient use of water resources: Make efficient use of water resources, particularly in areas of identified long-term or projected water stress.

'Quality, performance and value' macro-objectives:
4. Healthy and comfortable spaces: Design, construction and renovation of buildings that protect human health by minimising the potential for occupier and worker exposure to health risks.
5. Resilience to climate change: The futureproofing of building thermal performance to projected changes in the urban microclimate, in order to protect occupier health and comfort.
6. Optimised life cycle cost and value: Optimisation of the life cycle cost and value of buildings, inclusive of acquisition, operation, maintenance, disposal and end of life.

The indicators selected by the Commission are based on a broad initial scoping of experience in performance improvement and measurement across Europe. In this consultation the Commission sought stakeholders' feedback on how the framework of indicators could work, general opinions about the proposed indicators and more technical aspects of the indicator proposals.

The consultation closed on 7 October 2016.

Supporting papers

To download the documents which supported this consultation, please follow the links below.

CIBSE response

CIBSE did not submit a response to this consultation as there were no significant comments from CIBSE Members.