New European framework sets the stage for more sustainable building

News posted on 27.06.2017 on About us and Our Solutions

Brussels, 27 June, 2017— A new European Commission framework that assesses the environmental impact of buildings has been welcomed by Knauf Insulation as a major step towards a more sustainable building future in Europe.

The final draft of the open source toolkit — known as Level(s) — was presented during the European Union’s Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) and is the culmination of two years’ work by expert stakeholders including Knauf Insulation.

The framework is an EU-wide voluntary system that assesses the environmental impact of a building across its lifecycle using standardised measures and methodology. The focus is on buildings’ energy performance, climate change impact, resource efficiency, water use, indoor air quality, acoustics, thermal comfort, and lifecycle costing.

“Level(s) is a major breakthrough that paves the way for what we hope will be the foundations for an ambitious Sustainable Performance of Building Directive in the future,” said Vincent Briard, Knauf Insulation’s Sustainability and Product Regulatory Affairs Director.

“The framework offers a unique challenge to drive the sector towards a sustainable building future that is powered by quality data and a passion for change. Level(s) is a voluntary initiative and that is why it is critical everyone in the sector must show the ambition needed to make it a success.”

Already many elements of the new framework — such as the importance given to the entire building lifecycle — are being reflected in Green Building Rating System revisions and increasingly present in national environmental building regulations such as those expected in France.

“At Knauf Insulation we have always championed a lifecycle approach to our products — through Lifecycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declarations — and we welcome the European Commission’s commitment to upscale this approach to encompass the entire life of buildings,” Vincent added.

Representing Knauf Insulation on the Commission’s EUSEW specialist panel during the presentation of Level(s), Vincent also confirmed that the company would continue to contribute to the framework during its two-year pilot phase following its publication in July.


About Knauf Insulation

Knauf Insulation has more than 40 years of experience in the insulation industry and is one of the fastest growing and most respected names in insulation worldwide. We are committed to helping our customers to meet the increasing demand for energy efficiency and sustainability in new and existing homes, non-residential buildings and industrial applications.