The move towards sustainable construction is part of the EU’s shift towards a new industrial policy.
The recent Communication on competitiveness of the construction sector identified the sector’s main challenges up to 2020 in terms of investment, human capital, environmental requirements, regulation and access to markets.
The Communication prescribes the development of new European standards for sustainability criteria related to construction products and processes to accelerate the transition from research to market.
The European Commission has also prepared a Communication on Sustainable Buildings and an impact assessment. The initiative‘s general objective is to reduce the environmental impact of buildings by improving the overall resource efficiency and, as a consequence, improving the related competitiveness of construction businesses.
Some years ago, the European Commission mandated the development of European standards for the assessment of the environmental performance of construction products. These standards are now published and in use by the construction products industry who produce and communicate the Environmental Product Declarations of their products.