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Building Design for Safety and Sustainability

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The aim of this report is twofold: to provide a comprehensive description of the current building assessment methods and to contribute towards sustainability and building design optimisation through the introduction of a comprehensive design approach.


The report consists of three parts:  


Part I: Environmental Methods and Footprint Schemes towards Sustainable Building Design


In the first part of the report, a comprehensive description of state-of-the-art for building assessment methods is provided, together with a description of the general framework towards sustainable buildings. These methods have been developed by the industry, research community and organisations, as well as by the European Commission.


Part II: Introduction of the Sustainable Structural Design (SSD) Methodology


In the second part of the report, a new approach to design buildings is presented: the Sustainable Structural Design (SSD) methodology, which, based on a life cycle approach, incorporates the environmental results in the structural design.


Part III: Resource Efficiency


The third part of the report is dedicated to further research insights. Both the EU framework on resource efficiency and the communication on resource efficiency opportunities in the building sector are discussed.



For further information or to download the report, please visit the relevant European Commission website: