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Life for Lca Lcc Level(s)

Reference: LIFE18 GIE/ES/000911 | Acronym: LifeforLLL(s)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

The buildings sector is vital for meeting the objectives of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the United Nations sustainable development goals and EU policy on climate, the circular economy and the environment. In the EU, it accounts for over a third of emissions, half of energy consumption and raw material extraction, and a third of all waste and water usage, while also providing 18 million jobs in construction. People spend 90% of their time indoors; the effects of poor outdoor air quality on health are well recognised but indoor air quality is just as critical. Global emissions (almost 30%) from operational emissions in buildings are being tackled, but over 10% are related to other life-cycle emissions from the sector (e.g. product manufacture, construction).

To mainstream a life-cycle approach and help the sector reduce the total environmental impact of the buildings it invests in, designs, builds, occupies and deconstructs, the European Commission createdLevel(s). This is a framework of common EU indicators to address the life-cycle environmental performance of buildings. Developed with hundreds of actors from industry, government and NGOs, Level(s) aims to be the foundation of Europes future sustainable building policy and underpin awareness raising, training, etc. It focuses attention on six key areas: life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions; resource efficiency; water efficiency; health and wellbeing; adaptation and resilience; and life-cycle cost and value. The European network of Green Building Councils (GBCs) developed a Theory of Change showing the outputs and outcomes required to mainstream Level(s), with 22 national GBCs involved. Their experience showed it is challenging for most European companies to apply the indicators within Level(s) - particularly the key indicators on life-cycle assessment (LCA), life-cycle costing (LCC) and indoor air quality (IAQ), due to a lack of data and expertise in the industry.


OBJECTIVES

The LIFEforLLL(s) project will focus on actions to mainstream the Level(s) key indicators on LCA, LCC and IAQ. Eight of the 22 members of the European Green Building Councils will take the Theory of Change as a basis for the project, which will involve stakeholders from the public, private sector and certification schemes to explore how these key indicators can be implemented on a pan-European scale. The project seeks to do this by achieving the following objectives, the first step in creating the conditions for the European construction sector to mainstream Level(s):

  • alignment of Europes leading green building certification schemes with Level(s) to ensure they are aligned in approach and generate more comparable data on life-cycle performance;
  • identification of administrative and data requirements needed to support Level(s) across Europe;
  • working with public authorities to align green public procurement criteria with Level(s);
  • building the capacity of stakeholders across the whole sector value chain to apply the indicators; and
  • generating awareness across industry and government on the necessity of Level(s) and a life-cycle approach framework in addressing climate and environmental risk.

  • RESULTS

    Expected results:

  • more than eight major EU green building certification schemes (over 100 million m2 of buildings certified to date) aligned with Level(s). Streamlined templates for Level(s) reporting to help generate comparable life cycle-performance data, enabling learning and benchmark setting in the long term;
  • awareness raising by sending project deliverables to more than 50 000 stakeholders, including: recommendations for countries with no generic LCA database; best practice report and recommendations for disclosure of information on IAQ pollutants in products; report on barriers to incorporating LCA/LCC/IAQ indicators into public procurement; and best practice guide on doing so;
  • 200 building sector stakeholders to benefit from capacity-building sessions on alignment of Level(s) with national certification schemes;
  • capacity-building sessions for 160 professionals and building contractors to help mainstream LCA, LCC and IAQ assessment;
  • 320 product manufacturers to benefit from capacity-building sessions to help mainstream environmental product declarations and IAQ assessment;
  • capacity-building sessions for 160 public authority staff (across eight national, 11 regional and 80 local authorities) to help uptake of LCA, LCC and IAQ in public procurement;
  • eight national working groups for LCA/LCC with 80 experts, enabling regular peer-to-peer exchange beyond the project;
  • 80 building professionals/specifiers to pilot a simple system for quality control, review and verification of building-level LCA and LCC (i.e. LCA/LCC verifier checklist);
  • public authorities and major companies (more than 25 of each) to sign a commitment/statement of intent to incorporate the Level(s) key indicators into their public procurement criteria (for authorities) or take action that supports mainstreaming of the indicators into procurement and wider industry practice (for companies); and
  • a business plan to support Green Building Councils continuing and growing project activities related to Level(s) certification and awareness raising. The World Green Building Council will disseminate the project to GBCs in over 70 countries.
  • ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


    Reference: LIFE18 GIE/ES/000911
    Acronym: LifeforLLL(s)
    Start Date: 01/10/2019
    End Date: 30/09/2022
    Total Eligible Budget: 1,376,039 €
    EU Contribution: 756,821 €
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    CONTACT DETAILS


    Coordinating Beneficiary: Green Building Council - Espaa / Consejo para la edificion sostenible - Espaa
    Legal Status: PNC
    Address: Paseo de la Castellana, 114,4-7, 28046, Madrid, España
    Contact Person: Borja IZAOLA
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    ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

    THEMES

    • Improved legislative compliance and enforcement
    • Life Cycle Assessment-Management
    • Building
    • Green procurement
    • Certification

    KEYWORDS

    • public awareness campaign
    • green building
    • indicator
    • building industry
    • local authority
    • certification
    • environmental friendly procurement
    • public procurement
    • life-cycle management

    TARGET EU LEGISLATION

    • COM(2013)216 - EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change (16.04.2013)
    • COM(2015)614 - "Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy" (02.12.2015)

    SPECIES

    • Alytes cisternasii

    BENEFICIARIES

    Name Type
    GBC Italia(Green Building Council Italia), Italy Participant
    DGBC(Stichting Dutch Green Building Council), Netherlands Participant
    CroatiaGBC(CROATIA GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL), Croatia Participant
    FiGBC(GBC Suomi ry), Finland Participant
    HQE-GBC(Association HQE), France Participant
    DGNB e.V.(Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen – DGNB e.V.), Germany Participant
    CroatiaGBC(CROATIA GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL), Croatia Participant
    FiGBC(GBC Suomi ry), Finland Participant
    HQE-GBC(Association HQE), France Participant
    DGNB e.V.(Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen – DGNB e.V.), Germany Participant
    IGBC(Irish Green Building Council), Ireland Participant
    GBC Italia(Green Building Council Italia), Italy Participant
    DGBC(Stichting Dutch Green Building Council), Netherlands Participant
    IGBC(Irish Green Building Council), Ireland Participant

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