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25.09.2020

Official launch of Level(s) – a sustainable buildings framework for all. Get involved!

Europe at the forefront of the green transition

The EU aims to lead by example on the issues of sustainability, circularity, and zero carbon emissions. Further fuelled by the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis, 2020 is proving to be "the" year for Europe’s green transition.

The EU Green Deal, launched in December 2019, gave the motto for the EU’s climate-neutral ambitions. The new Circular Economy Action Plan, launched in March 2020, sets the agenda for sustainable growth, making the EU economy greener while maintaining its competitiveness and securing new rights for consumers. In the meantime, the European Commission (EC) is preparing roadmaps for further sustainability actions like the Renovation Wave on decarbonisation and clean energy systems; the EU Climate Law; or the Sustainable Europe Investment. And it is also gearing up for the official launch of Level(s).

Level(s) is the first-ever European Commission framework for improving the sustainability of buildings, living by the values of flexibility, resource efficiency, and circularity. It has been designed to encourage users to think about the whole lifecycle of a building, providing a basis for quantifying, analysing and understanding the lifecycle. It goes beyond a building’s service life and value by including elements that happen before and after this stage, also providing indicators for recovery, reuse, and recycling of materials.

Access the full article on Level(s) background and concept here.

Getting involved
Building sector companies can also learn more about Level(s) through the upcoming Level(s) Stakeholder Briefing Sessions. This fully digital series of events was developed to better inform building sector entities about the benefits of Level(s), and to help new users as they begin their Level(s) journey.

The Level(s) framework will be officially launched in October-November 2020. To know more or get involved in this EC-led framework for sustainable buildings – including the upcoming Level(s) Stakeholder Briefing Sessions - visit https://ec.europa.eu/environment/eussd/buildings.htm or contact Ms Josefina Lindblom, leading the work on Level(s) at DG ENV, at ENV-LEVELS-TESTING@ec.europa.eu.

Source: IDEA Consult / EC DG Environment @ European Union 1995-2020

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