In the context of the global 2030 sustainable development agenda, Level(s) is an assessment and reporting tool for sustainability performance of buildings, firmly based on circularity.
Level(s) provides a common language for the building transformation process in line with the European Union sustainable initiatives.
The following summary presents examples of how level(s) interacts with global and other EU sustainability initiatives.
Level(s) contributes to several of these goals, specially the SDG13 Climate Action and SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Level(s) provides the bridge between the ambition of the European Green Deal initiative on sustainable buildings and the realities of professional building operations within the EU.
Level(s) helps understanding the full life cycle of a building and brings the circular economy into building design and use.
Level(s) guides the user to apply circular economy principles to both new buildings and renovation projects. It encourages Member States to base their initiatives on lifecycle thinking.
The Level(s) framework for sustainability performance assessments has inspired and supported the proposal for the revision of this Directive to include the assessment of Whole Life Carbon for new buildings.
The Level(s) framework for sustainability performance assessments has inspired and supported the proposal for the revision of this Directive to include the assessment of Whole Life Carbon for the procurement of public buildings.
Level(s) will be the basis for the revision of the GPP Criteria for office buildings. These criteria will be expanded to cover schools and social housing, and will pay particular attention to renovation.
Level(s) guides part of the technical screening criteria used to identify new buildings for sustainable finance.
International sustainability certification tools are aligning their schemes to Level(s), ensuring common EU policy objectives are integrated.
Level(s) enables those using this framework to report under sustainable frameworks such as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB)
By adopting Level(s) to assess and monitor the sustainability performance of buildings, practitioners can contribute to the New European Bauhaus agenda in the areas of the EU climate goals, circularity and healthy and comfortable spaces. See the factsheet in the footer of this webpage for more information.
How can Level(s) support you?
Level(s) helps built environment and sustainability professionals, investors and policy makers in their efforts to transform the built environment into a sustainable and circular one.
Below you can identify how each stakeholder can make the most of Level(s).
Built Environment and Sustainability professionals
Policy makers / Procurers / Public authorities
Investors / Property owners / Landlords
The European Commission has developed a series of guides to show how various groups of built-environment sector professionals are using Level(s) to improve, monitor and assess sustainability performance.
Level(s), What’s in it for public authorities, policy-makers and procurers?
Level(s), What’s in it for clients and investors, including property owners and developers?
Level(s), What’s in it for construction companies and contractors, manufacturers, asset managers, facilities managers, and occupants?
Level(s), What’s in it for architects, designers, engineers and quantity surveyors?