COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS: Resource Efficiency Opportunities in the Building Sector
The main objectives of this communication from the European Commission are to promote a more efficient use of resources consumed by new and renovated commercial, residential and public buildings, and to reduce their overall environmental impacts throughout their full life cycle. To help bringing resource efficiency gains, designers, manufacturers, contractors, authorities and users need useable and reliable information to inform their decision-making. This initiative addresses this information deficit by proposing a set of clearly defined and measurable indicators for the assessment of the environmental performance of buildings.
The main topics of the document are the following:
- Reducing resource use in buildings
- Reducing life-cycle costs
- Towards a common European approach to assess the environmental performance of buildings
- Towards a better functioning market for recycled construction materials
Furthermore, the Commission invites stakeholders (in particular: public authorities, social partners, investors, insurers, architects, contractors, demolition operators, manufacturers, recyclers and providers of assessment schemes) to:
- discuss objectives and indicators for assessing the sustainability of buildings (2014-2015);
- discuss the practical implementation of a framework containing core indicators (2014-2015);
- contribute to the development of this framework (2015-2016).
As complementary actions, the Commission will support:
- Research and innovation in the area of recycling and production of construction materials via Horizon 2020.
- Demonstration projects via instruments such as Horizon 2020, COSME, LIFE+ and Structural Funds that showcase how collaboration between public authorities and the private sector can create viable markets with recycled materials.
To download the document, please visit the relevant European Commission website: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex:52014DC0445