Testing Level(s) - conference background report

22 Nov 2017

Level(s) is a voluntary reporting framework to assess the sustainability of buildings. Using existing standards, Level(s) provides a common EU approach to the assessment of environmental performance in the built environment. On the 4th of December 2017, 80 pioneering organisations committed to test Level(s) joined a workshop organized by the European Commission, to learn more about the testing phase, how other organisations plan to test Level(s) and what the benefits of the tool can be according to building certification schemes.

This report aims to equip workshop participants with key information ahead of the testing workshop and presents participants with points for consideration against each agenda point.

Level(s) is particularly welcome by market leaders who have long been asking for an EU policy that looks beyond just energy, and sets out a clear common language for sustainable building performance, focusing on a limited number of core sustainability indicators.

During the testing phase, the robustness and user-friendliness of the indicators and guidance will be analysed. The testing phase will also address any unforeseen challenges and gain a better understanding of support measures, e.g. technical tools or policy initiatives, that are needed to help Level(s) underpinning major growth in sustainable building practice across Europe.

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