Plans proposed by European Commission promote resource efficiency during construction

The European Commission (EC) has revealed plans to create a framework for assessing environmental performance during building, that will be applicable throughout Europe.

In the Resource efficiency opportunities in the building sector report, the EC says its primary objectives are to promote resource efficiency during construction of new buildings and during renovation of older properties. The EC also seeks to improve information on environmental performance of buildings for developers, architects, manufacturers, homeowners and renters.

The EC said efforts to recycle construction and demolition waste, and re-use it, will be made easier under the plans as there will be support for research, demonstration projects and more collaboration with member states to make recycling more economically attractive.

The UK Green Building Council met last week to discuss the proposed framework and gather expert views as to what should be incorporated. Eimear Montague, Head of Development for SBS, attended the event and said: “Although it is early days, the framework is looking positive for the future of energy efficient building: rather than just considering energy usage, it will also take into account the wider aspects of each build, such as resource efficiency, recycled content and reuse of products.”

James Drinkwater, senior policy advisor at World Green Building Council, added: ‘This communication represents an important step towards the mainstreaming of sustainable building practices throughout Europe. Ultimately, it will provide the foundations for building further supportive public policy for sustainable building across the region and experts across our network will be working alongside the commission over the coming years to ensure the framework helps achieve real progress.’

The proposals follow a public consultation on sustainable buildings during July and October 2013 and the EC said the first set of indicators should be available in two to three years.

This article has been adapted from an article published by Inside Housing.