Key Themes in 2018

The year 2018 is going to offer us a lot of interesting opportunities. The importance of sustainable built environment is widely understood and in the name of constantly improving, our members, stakeholders and other operators in the industry are  developing even better ecological, social and economical sustainable solutions. Here are our key themes in 2018.

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Green Mortgages

As Green Building Council Finland is involved in the Energy efficient Mortgages Action Plan (EeMAP) Initiative, green mortgages are naturally going to be a major theme for us in 2018. The EeMAP Initiative aims to create a standardised “energy efficient mortgage”, according to which building owners are incentivised to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings or acquire an already energy efficient property by way of preferential financing conditions linked to the mortgage. Read more about the EeMAP Initiative here.

Our main objectives in 2018 are to make sure Finland’s voice is being heard in the project and to generate dialogue and collaboration between the financial sector and the real estate and construction sector (our members).  We want to spread good practices as well as information and to broaden networks in the real estate and construction industry, especially in developing economies.

During the first quarter of 2018 we are going to compose a proposal of the European Union’s definition for energy efficient mortgages. We are also going to make proposals on how to move forward with the EeMAP initiative and how to overcome possible obstacles.

 

Four EeMAP research reports released in October 2017 show how energy efficient mortgages could work by examining current market practices within the areas of green finance, building performance indicators, property valuation and the impact of energy efficiency on risk. The reports aim to demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of banks financing energy efficiency improvements of the EU’s building stock, which is responsible for over a third of the EU’s carbon emissions. You can download the reports from the dropdown menu below.

For additional information please contact Sami Lankiniemi (sami.lankiniemi@figbc.fi)


Level(s): testing the framework

Level(s) is a new, voluntary reporting framework developed to improve sustainability and drive market demand for better buildings. The framework has a broad potential for use by building sector professionals across the EU.

Level(s) was developed by the European Commission in close collaboration with stakeholders including Skanska, Saint-Gobain, Sustainable Building Alliance and Green Building Councils. Level(s) became ready for testing in autumn 2017. The test period will last for two years and the European Commission will provide technical support during the process.

Green Building Council Finland, the Finnish Ministry of the Environment and Building Information Foundation RTS are launching the testing of Level(s) in Finland during the beginning of 2018. The first phase will focus on the carbon footprint of buildings as well as resource efficient and circular material life cycles. Afterwards we will deliver our development proposals to the European Commission.

Companies, associations and public authorities are warmly invited to participate in testing Level(s). Participants can test the complete framework, or only parts of it, at different stages during a building’s life cycle. The feedback from the results will help improving Level(s) ahead of its final release, ensuring that the indicators and the user guidelines are robust and ready to market.

Read more about Level(s)

For additional information please contact Jessica Karhu (jessica.karhu@figbc.fi)


Circular Economy

Circular economy encompasses a broad scope of action, aiming to maximize the circulation of products, components and material in our economy for as long as possible. Circular economy is an option for linear economic models that do not concentrate on lengthening the life-cycle of commodities.  The environmental benefits material efficiency generates are what a world trying to rid overconsumption needs in order to secure sustainable growth.

The construction sector is yet to fully embrace new innovation. Thus, productivity in the industry has not significantly grown in decades and according to the World Economic Forum, only few new strategies or processes have been utilized. Applying principles of the circular economy to the construction industry could yield significant cost efficient benefits. Globally, only one percent of growth in productivity could bring almost 100 billion dollar savings to the industry, since the construction industry uses a notable amount of resources.

Even small changes in a vast industry have great potential. We have been advocating the need to shift towards circular thinking for buildings and in 2018 we are going to be involved in circular economy related projects and events. We are also going to organize more trainings on the subject.

For additional information please contact Jessica Karhu (jessica.karhu@figbc.fi)


Health and Well-Being

We want to advance buildings that help people work, live, perform and feel their best.  Focusing on the health and well-being of the people in buildings is important to us all, as we spend 90% of our time indoors. The topic has been gaining momentum as certification systems focusing exclusively on human health and wellness, such as WELL and Fitwel, have entered the market.

Since 2014, WorldGBC and Green Building Councils around the world have been leading the way on communicating the benefits of green buildings to people through the Better Places for People project. The project aims to support GBC’s and their members to increase  the demand and supply of green buildings which are supportive of the health, well-being and productivity of the people within them.  We are working to better incorporate the economic benefits green buildings provide to people into the business case for green buildings.

Better Places for People focuses on Green and Healthy Offices, Retail Buildings, Homes and Schools. Visit the WorldGBC project page to see reports, guidance notes and technical research on the subject.

For additional information please contact Sami Lankiniemi (sami.lankiniemi@figbc.fi).