Level(s), sustainability, resource-efficiency, life cycle assessment, buildings
The beta version of Level(s) – the European Commission’s proposal for a common reporting framework of the sustainability of buildings – was extensively tested by the Finnish construction sector during 2018 – 2019. This test period was jointly arranged by the Ministry of the Environment and the Green Building Council Finland. This report summarises the feedback collected from participants in the test phase.
Apparently, Level(s) has good potential to become a common language of sustainability reporting for the building and construction sector. There seems to be a clear need and interest for this among the stakeholders in Finland. However, in order to reach this stage, Level(s) should be further developed. The most acute needs for development include improving the clarity and accessibility of the guidance document, restructuring of the assessment levels and reconsideration of the system boundaries. Furthermore, compatibility with national practices and building information modelling was found essential in the feedback gathered from the test group.
The feedback from this test will be delivered to European Commission for the purpose of development of Level(s). The findings will also be used for taking forward the Finnish roadmap for low carbon construction, which aims at mandatory life cycle assessment and carbon footprint threshold levels during the 2020´s.