In brief

Level(s) is a voluntary building assessment framework developed by the European Commission to improve the sustainability of buildings. Using existing standards, Level(s) provides a common EU approach to the assessment of environmental performance in the built environment.

The framework provides a set of indicators that anyone interested in assessing a building project can use – including for public procurement and commercial schemes. The framework is based on six macro-objectives, for each of which indicators are specified:

  1. Greenhouse gas emissions along the life cycle, including energy consumption in use phase of the building and embodied energy
  2. Resource efficient materials life cycle
  3. Efficient use of water resources
  4. Healthy and comfortable spaces
  5. Climate change resilience and adaptation
  6. cost and value optimised over the whole life (life-cycle cost)

Our view

One important aspect for the cement and concrete industry is the fact that, for a building to be sustainable, a balance between social, economic and environmental measures needs to be maintained over the whole life of the building. For this reason, assessment over a broad suite of indicators, at the building level, is the most appropriate approach. 

Level(s) is a transparent and fair system based on real life-cycle analysis (LCA), relying on existing standards such as those developed by CEN/TC 350. CEMBUREAU has piloted Level(s) and believes it is a powerful tool for optimising the whole life sustainability performance of buildings. CEMBUREAU welcomes Level(s)' way into the EU legislation and sustainable building labelling systems.

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