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Methodology Development towards a Label for Environmental, Social and Economic Buildings

Objective

LEnSE is a research project that responds to the growing need in Europe for assessing a building's sustainability performance. The project draws on the existing knowledge available in Europe on building assessment methodologies. LEnSE aims to develop a truly holistic methodology that addresses the overall, integrating concept of sustainability. The main objective of LEnSE is to develop a methodology for the assessment of the sustainability performance of existing, new and renovated buildings, which is broadly accepted by the European stakeholders involved in sustainable construction. This methodology will allow for future labelling of buildings, in analogy with the Energy Performance Directive. The work should result in increased awareness of the European stakeholders and will allow adequate policy implementation on sustainable construction. The project consists of three main themes. The first theme is the identification and scope of the issues which need to be included in a sustainability assessment. This has to be wide enough to be acceptable and limited enough to be practicable. A broad consensus on these issues will be reached through strategic consultation of the relevant stakeholders. The second theme is the actual development of the assessment methodology. The content of the assessment will be developed for a limited, but representative range of key issues. Guidelines on how to address local variations will be provided. This work will be validated by the development of a prototype tool and tested on case study buildings. The key stakeholders on the European and national level will be highly involved in the development of the methodology, to guarantee a wide acceptance and implementation of the project results. These consultations will include national meetings with stakeholders and trans-national expert workshops. Thematic -stepping stone- publications, will serve as strategic reference and discussion documents for the stakeholder consultation rounds.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SSP-4
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Coordinator

CENTRE SCIENTIFIQUE ET TECHNIQUE DE LA CONSTRUCTION
Address
Boulevard Poincare 79
Bruxelles
Belgium

Participants (9)

APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES
Greece
Address
89, Olympou Str.
Vrilissia
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
Address
Boulevard Saint-michel 60
Paris
BAUPHYSIKBUERO PROF. KORNADT UND PARTNER
Germany
Address
Am Eselsweg 21
Mainz
BUILDING RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Bucknalls Lane, Garston
Watford
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czechia
Address
Zikova 4
Praha 6
EUROPEAN PROFILES S.A.
Greece
Address
Kodrigtonos 11B
Athens
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE.
United Kingdom
Address
Exhibition Road, South Kensington Campus
London
PIODE BV
Netherlands
Address
Soesterweg 314A, 3812 Bh
Amersfoort
PLANAIR SA
Switzerland
Address
Crêt 108A
La Sagne