New framework launched in hope to improve the building sector 

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The European Commission has begun the initial phase of Level(s), a new European Union framework for sustainable buildings. 

Hoping it will improve the building sector, it is the first tool of this kind that has been produced for use across the whole of Europe.  

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Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said: “Level(s) can help us develop an environment built sustainably across Europe and support our transition to the circular economy. We are releasing this framework for the sector during World Green Building Week demonstrating Europe’s global leadership. It marks an important step towards a more resource-efficient and competitive construction sector in Europe.”   

Level(s) is the outcome of a conference with industry and the public sector, and focuses on performance signals across greenhouse gas emissions, resource and water efficiency and health and comfort. 

The tool aims to create a ‘common language’ around the meaning of sustainable building in practise. 

A test phase of Level(s) is being launched and will continue until 2019.