Indicators to measure circularity in buildings - GBCe

The UNESCO Chair on Sustainability participates with the chapter on water consumption in the mentioned report coordinated by the Green Building Council Spain (GBCe) in collaboration with the CONAMA Circular Economy Working group.


Barcelona, ​​October 1 In basis of the phrase "what cannot be measured, cannot be improved", one of the first objectives with the report was to propose a series of indicators on the circularity of the building from the Communication of the European Commission, called "Opportunities for a Use Most Resource Efficient In The Construction Sector, COM (2014) 445. In order for professionals, policy makers and investors across the EU to be able to use life cycle aspects, empirical, reliable, transparent and comparable data is required, which in turn must be based on clear performance indicators of buildings, taking into account the objectives of various public and private requirements. While different national and trading systems may have reasons to differ slightly in their approaches (for example, specific materials or climate considerations), a common framework of key indicators should be established focusing on the most important aspects of environmental impacts. These indicators will allow comparability and provide consumers and policy makers with easier access to reliable and consistent information. In this edition, the different indicators have been studied in depth by experts in the different fields that are involved. On the other hand, the same debate that started already in 2018 has led to the creation of new indicators, often evolving from indicators outlined in 2018. The work has been delimited to construction and urban planning and it has been agreed that this work will be reflected in the Local Strategy Towards the Circular Economy, to be published shortly by the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, who already have worked deeply on the area of ​​Urbanism and Circular Economy. In this edition, the indicators have continued to be structured into two large groups, and the Life Cycle Analysis, which many indicators has been left as a strategic framework. Download Report: Link