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European Standardisation

The aim of European standardisation work is to create a uniform body of standards for the European internal market. This task is fulfilled by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN, Comité Européen de Normalisation).

Developing Methods for the Evaluation of Sustainability Aspects

The ongoing standardisation activities at European level in the field of sustainable planning and construction take place within the framework of specific working groups. This is primarily the Technical Committee CEN/TC 350 „Sustainability of Buildings“.

The aim is to develop voluntary, standardised methods for the assessment of sustainability aspects of new and existing buildings and for the standardisation of environmental product declarations for construction products. The standards for assessing the sustainability of buildings consider the entire life cycle and describe environmental performance, economic performance and quantifiable performance in terms of health and comfort of buildings.

In Germany, the technical work of standardisation is supervised by the national mirror committee (DIN Standards Committee) NA 005-01-31 AA Sustainable Building.

Various initiatives and projects are also carried out at the European level, such as the reporting framework „Level(s)“, which can be used to assess the sustainability performance of buildings. Level(s) was developed by the European Commission in close cooperation with other stakeholders.