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Tools for construction procurement


A tool developed in Finland to assess the environmental performance of a building, and provides a rating from A - E. It may be used either for new build or renovation projects, and uses indicators split into four areas: health, natural resource use, ecological impacts, environmental risk management.

It may be used throughout a construction procurement process, from planning through to completion and monitoring. Currently application is limited to Finland only.

LEED for Existing Buildings (EB)

The internationally recognised LEED green building certification system has a number of certification types. One is aimed at certifying buildings occupied for at least 12 months. The scheme uses indicators covering all aspects of environmental performance of the construction, and has 4 levels of certification: platinum, gold, silver, and certified.

LEED EB may be used to identify areas of potential improvement for future renovation work, and to set appropriate targets.

Klima:Aktiv building standard

The Klima:Aktiv building standard is a tool for assessing the energy efficiency, ecological impact and comfort of a building. It assesses four construction aspects: planning and design, energy and supply, building material and construction, indoor air quality and comfort. Certified buildings are given a bronze, silver or gold rating.

The tool may be used throughout the construction process, and is likely of most value at the design stage. Currently the tool is used in Austria and is available only in German.

The tool was used in the Biberstrasse 5 case study in Vienna.

Statsbygg life cycle costing (LCC) tool

Developed by Statsbygg (Norway’s Directorate of Public Construction and
Property), this LCC tool is designed specifically for the planning, construction and operation of buildings. It allows for the comparison of capital costs and annual administration, operation and maintenance costs using basic accountancy calculations to determine a building’s total annual (life cycle) cost.

The tool is available both in English and Norwegian.

SMART SPP: LCC & CO2 assessment tool

The SMART SPP tool is designed to allow a comparison of the life cycle costs (LCC) and/or CO2 emissions of different energy using products in procurement activities. The tool is specifically design to evaluate innovative solutions, and allows a very flexible and detailed comparison of alternatives.

The tool may be used in procurement planning, during the procurement process itself, or to monitor performance. It is not appropriate for whole construction projects, but may be used for comparing individual components such as heating systems. It is available in English, German, Spanish, Danish and Portuguese.

Forum for the Future: WLC & CO2 tool

In collaboration with Fife Council, Scotland, Forum for the Future have developed a straightforward tool for assessing the life cycle/whole life costs of different products, and also the environmental costs in terms of CO2 emissions.

It is designed to be used during the evaluation stage of a procurement process. It is not appropriate for whole construction projects, but may be used for comparing individual components such as heating systems.

Building conservation report and energy evaluation (Informe de conservación del edificio y evaluación energética)

The ICE tool may be used to both obtain an energy certificate for a building and to compare potential energy savings of different retrofit options. It was developed by the Valencia Institute of Building with support of the Generalitat Valenciana.

The tool is being used by the regional government to give grants to retrofit projects in an objective manner and to compare the different possibilities in the retrofit works undertaken by public authorities.