Environmental classification of buildings

Environmental classification of buildings is winning ground, both in Sweden and on the international plane, and there are many systems on the market, some with wider and some with more specific application. Environmental classification provides a means of improving the environmental performance of a building to the benefit of occupants, users and the environment.

Environmental classification of buildings is a way of systematically dealing with the many and complex environmental questions that those involved in the building sector must consider.  Classification systems can also be used as a management tool in the construction or administration processes, and as tools in all stages from planning, to building management and maintenance, and to final demolition.

 
Environmental classification systems can assist a range of improvements in the building sector’s environmental work, such as more efficient use of energy and resources, reduced environmental impact, better indoor environments and less use of chemical substances.  Other indoor environment problems, such as damp and radon, that cause or contribute to health or comfort problems, can also be prevented or systematically tackled.

 
Today, non-industrial buildings account for about 40 % of Sweden’s total energy use, and about 50 % of its use of electricity (Swedish Energy Agency, 2002).  Improving the efficiency of energy use is vital if we are to realise the energy targets that have been set, but this must be done without sacrificing good indoor environmental conditions.  Environmental classification marking of buildings can be one way of achieving environmental targets while at the same time ensuring good indoor environments, health and comfort.

 
There are many Swedish environmental classification systems on the market:  examples include Miljöklassad Byggnad [Environmentally-classified Building], Miljöstatus för byggnader [Environmental Status of Buildings], Energirosen [The Energy Rose], P-märkt innemiljö och Energi (SPCR 114E) [P-Marked Indoor Environment and Energy {SPCR 114E}], Eco-effect, Svanen [The Swan] and others. International systems such as LEED and BREEAM are also used in Sweden, and national versions of them are being prepared.  Another example of a classification system, but with a more specific application, is that of passive house certification.  We are certifying buildings in accordance with the P-Marked Indoor Environment scheme (SPCR 114, SPCR 114E), but can also provide technical expertise and advisory services for use with other environmental classification schemes for buildings.

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OPEN HOUSE develops and implements a common European transparent building assessment methodology, complementing the existing ones, for planning and constructing sustainable buildings by means of an open approach and technical platform.Read more...

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