European Sustainability Guide

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Welcome to this first edition of our ‘European Sustainability Guide’ whose aim is to provide a general understanding of sustainability practices in real estate across the European Union for occupiers, investors and developers.

Where sustainability is concerned there are two different aspects to consider. The first relates to the proper adoption of building regulations at local level based on the European Union’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) – obligatory to all member states. The second is more voluntary and relates to the use of rating tools stemming from certifications such as BREEAM, DGNB, LEED and HQE amongst others.

The guide includes:

- a short introduction of the main tools set up across Europe to measure the energy performance of buildings in order to allow investors and occupiers to apply the right process for obtaining a “green” certification

- a European overview of key indicators of sustainability: energy cost per country, most widely implemented ”green” certifications, and number and volume of green buildings across the region.

- information on building regulations (definition of low energy building, energy certificate, implementation of green leases, certifications schemes) at country level

Source : DTZ (Groupe UGL)


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