Green building procurement and investment: An EU approach to sustainability data

Brussels, 20 November 2014

Is information on the environmental performance of buildings important for you?

  • What data/information linked to this would be useful for your activities?
  • Is this data available today? What changes would you like to see in this respect?
  • What impact do you see on the property portfolio over time? What is the impact of green building investments?
  • How can public procurers efficiently support the green building market and could European initiatives in turn be supportive to achieve this?

These and many other questions will be discussed in Brussels on the 20th of November and you should take part in this exchange!

This will be the opportunity to:

  • understand the underlying ideas of the Commission's recently adopted communication on resource efficiency in buildings
  • hear about interesting examples from peers already engaging in one way or the other in green buildings
  • exchange experiences and discuss questions particularly relevant to your part of the sector in smaller groups
  • frame initial recommendations for the development process, which will start shortly after this event

 

The European Commission has recently adopted a Communication on Resource Efficiency Opportunities in the Building Sector (COM (2014) 445), in which it suggests a process to develop a framework with a limited set of core indicators for the assessment of the environmental performance of buildings. This voluntary framework should be flexible enough so that it can be used either integrated in existing assessment schemes or used on its own. It should be easy to use and provide relevant comparable data, also translating technical indicators into financial information. It should be free to use in decision-making by different actors such as architects, designers, developers, manufacturers of construction products, contractors, buildings, investors, insurers, property owners, public procurers and occupants as well as in policy-setting at various levels.

The Commission will be responsible for this development work which is expected to take about three years, but it will be a collaborative task in which stakeholders are expected to engage actively. The opinions of both the supply and demand side will obviously have to feed into this development process, in order to result in a framework which will be greatly accepted and used by Member States authorities and the market. The European Commission is therefore hosting this event, targeting relevant actors on the demand side, such as public procurers, property owners, banks, investors, insurers and occupants.