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Identifying macro-objectives for the life cycle environmental performance and resource efficiency of EU buildings

Identifying macro-objectives for the life cycle environmental performance and resource efficiency of EU buildings
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Abstract: 
This working paper forms the main deliverable and outcome from work package A of the wider study. The aim of this working paper is to inform the identification of the most relevant macro-objectives for a building’s life cycle resource efficiency. These macro-objectives will in turn inform and set the scope for the common framework of indicators in work packages B,C and D. The first draft of this working paper was presented as the basis for discussion at the first stakeholder working group meeting, which was held in Brussels on the 16th June 2015. At that meeting the proposed boundaries, scope and coverage of the macro-objectives were discussed. Feedback from those discussions, together with follow-up written feedback, has been used in Chapters 6 and 7 of this working paper to identify a final set of macro-objectives that will be used to set the scope for the framework of indicators. In order to inform the initial proposals for discussion that were presented to stakeholders, this paper reviews existing legislation, scientific evidence, building schemes, collaborative research projects and other relevant literature. A high level scoping of environmental and resource efficiency ‘hot spots’ along the life cycle of buildings has also been carried out. Potential linkages and trade-offs between resource use, impacts along the life cycle and functional performance, with a specific focus on health and wellbeing aspects, have also been identified.