A wrecking ball, a cloud of dust, an industrial dumpster… what happens to building materials when a building is torn down?
Today, most of it ends up as trash… and new structures require brand new resources.
The Buildings as Material Banks project (BAMB), funded by the EU within the Horizon 2020 program, is working to change this, so buildings function as ‘banks’ of valuable materials – slowing the use of resources to a rate our planet can sustain.
More new homes are being designed for energy efficiency, but when those homes are built, they often don’t perform as well as predicted—50% less efficiently onaverage. To make sure that that ‘as built’ matches ‘as designed’, the Bioregional Building Energy Performance Improvement Toolkit gives homebuilders detailed but easily understood educational materials plus expert guidance through design, procurement and construction. The toolkit is being applied to more than 300 newhomes in the UK and has improved energy efficiency by 40% so far.
While sustainable housing in developed countries focuses on being “green”, housing for development must look beyond energy and emissions at the impact on people and societies— from territories to neighbourhoods to individual households.
SHERPA is a free app that lets anyone involved in the planning, design, construction or assessment of a housing projects analyse how well it supports the four pillars of sustainability: social, economic, environmental and cultural.
RenoValue is a training toolkit for valuers on how to factor energy efficiency and renewable energy issues into valuation practices, understand the impact of building performance and property values and advise their clients accordingly. The training material was developed collaboratively through pan-European round tables and face-to-face pilot sessions, and by December 2017, more than 1,700 people from 25 European countries and beyond had enrolled in the free online course.
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Available languages: German, English, Dutch, Polish, Italian, French, Swedish, Greek
Developed as a common EU framework of core indicators for the sustainability of office and residential buildings, ‘Level(s)’ provides indicators and common metrics for measuring the environmental performance of buildings along their life cycle. It also enables the assessment of other important aspects of building performance, including indicators for health and comfort, life cycle cost and potential future risks to performance.