The European Commission launched the pilot phase of Level(s), a new EU framework for sustainable buildings which will help transform the building sector. It is the first tool of this kind that has been developed for use across the whole of Europe.

Level(s) is the result of a broad consultation with industry and the public sector, and focuses on performance indicators across areas such as:

  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • resource and water efficiency
  • health
  • comfort.

Level(s) provides an easy starting point to introduce sustainability into your work. 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.

It aims to establish a ‘common language’ around what sustainable building means in practice – shifting the debate beyond energy performance. 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.

Building professionals and their clients can use Level(s) to increase their understanding of how 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.

The test phase for Level(s) will run until 2019. All building projects are invited to register their interest to pilot the new tool.

To learn more about the project download JRC Technical Reports Parts 1 and 2: Introduction to Level(s)and how it works (Draft Beta v1.0)

View European Commission Press Release – Commission releases first EU-wide tool for sustainable building performance reporting

Source: European Commission Growth Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s