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Life-cycle meters for buildings
– the solution for sustainable
property management

By Jessica Karhu M.Sc., on several projects
Project Manager, Green
Building Council Finland and buildings, with ECONOMY
great user satisfaction. Lifecycle
The Life-cycle meters for These eight meters Imported
buildings measure the were developed 15643-­‐4)
environmental and energy in Green Building
efficiency of buildings, their Council Finland with
life-cycle costs, and also
occupant well-being.
broad cooperation
The Life-cycle meters for
buildings reveal true building with actors in the GLOBAL
performance with simple, real estate and Life-­‐cycle
easy-to-read key indicators that construction industries classificaHon
can be used to support your and they are based footprint
organization’s strategy, operations on the European OperaHng
management, and public CEN/TC 350 family footprint
relations. of standards. The Protocol)
meters are suitable for
Thanks to these meters, which
have been developed with anyone working in the
experts in the field, there is now
a transparent, coherent way of industry and are free to use by all. classification systems that
assessing the environmental
efficiency of a property and measure the environmental
ensuring that working methods
truly follow sustainable WHAT YOU MEASURE, YOU impact of buildings in the world.
development principles. These CAN MANAGE AND DEVELOP The greatest problem with
new meters can also be used as National building legislations these meters and systems is that
a guideline for future building
legislation, which seldomly takes rarely take a stance on the the results are not compatible
a stance on carbon footprints.
To ensure the best results with carbon footprints of buildings with each other, which is a
previous work, the meters are
compatible with many existing, or define the maximum energy consequence of different
statutory and voluntary tools
for assessing environmental consumption permitted - despite national initiatives and measuring
the fact that it is recognized that methods without any common,
The Life-cycle meters for
buildings are a suitable tool in developed countries, buildings agreed-upon standards.
for a building’s pre-design and
occupancy phases, offering and real estate constitute about
a consistent approach to
measuring, managing, and 40% of our energy consumption THE BUILDING PASSPORT – ALL
developing properties. Their and 35% of our emissions. It YOU NEED IN ONE PLACE
practicality, helpfulness, and has been proven that following The key indicators measured
quality have already been tested
sustainable development by the Life-cycle meters for

principles brings in savings in buildings can easily be presented

maintenance costs, boosts worker in the Building Passport,

efficiency, and increases profits either for the pre-design or

from rent for the property owners. occupancy phase. The Passport

However, achieving these benefits is an accessible, visual tool that

is not always straightforward and presents the key indicators in

in some cases it can be hard to environmental efficiency, along

connect profits specifically to a with images and the basic facts

sustainably developed project. of the property. This convenient

This is why the planning of information package can be

sustainable solutions needs to used to support decision-making

start as early in the project as in sustainable development

possible. projects. ●

At this moment, there are
over 250 different meters and
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