Welcome to the 'Office buildings' website
This is the project website for a pilot study on developing an EU Ecolabel and Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for "Buildings". This study is being carried out by the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS). The work is being developed for the European Commission's Directorate General for the Environment.
You can follow the progress of the study through this website. Stakeholder involvement is a crucial part of this study. By registering as a stakeholder, you can stay informed of latest additions to this site and engage in the consultation. You can always contact us directly.
The purpose of this pilot project is to develop an EU Ecolabel that awards the best environmental performance buildings and GPP criteria to promote an environmentally-friendlier public consumption. The EU Ecolabel for buildings will allow consumers to identify the officially kinder environmental products easily and manufacturers to show and communicate to their costumers that their products respect the environment. In addition, the EU Ecolabel will not create barriers to trade, just on the contrary, it can give a competitive advantage.
The EU Ecolabel and GGP criteria for Buildings will consist on environmental criteria. The criteria will be based on scientific assessment studies of the environmental impacts of the building for each part of its life cycle (e.g. LCA studies) and consider different environmental aspects such as air quality, water quality, soil protection, waste reduction, energy savings, natural resource management, GWP, ozone layer protection, environmental safety, noise and biodiversity. Moreover, the EU Ecolabel and GPP criteria should be agreed at European level, following wide consultation with experts.
For this reason, the study will require active participation from stakeholders who are willing to contribute. If you would like to be involved in the consultation process, you can do so through the website, responding to questionnaires and/or participation at stakeholder meetings.