JRC report focuses on safety and sustainability in buildings

At the end of March 2015, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission released a report covering “Building design for safety and sustainability”.

Included in this report is an overview of the current state-of-the art building assessment methods, whilst its aim is to “contribute towards sustainability and building design optimisation through the introduction of a comprehensive design approach”.  In terms of analysis, the report examines the role of environmental methods and footprint schemes, focusing in particular on the footprint methods introduced by the European Commission.  In this respect it questions the way in which footprint schemes apply a product specific approach, deeming it “insufficient to consider building components in isolation”.   On the other hand, the report notes that a more effective way of achieving building sustainability would be to consider environmental issues early on during the design stage by taking into account the principles of durability, reliability and the safety of the structure.

This report will provide a useful input into The Concrete initiative’s reflection on safety related matters linked to sustainable construction’. As readers are aware, concrete is a safe and durable construction material capable of withstanding extreme weather events (such as flooding) and providing effective protection in the event of a fire. 

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Tags: whole-life performance, fire safety, durability

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