On 23rd of October 2017 Action Group 9 organized the experts’ workshop on “Key Performance Indicators” in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in collaboration with the CESBA initiative. 20 experts from ministries, public administrations, science and research and non-governmental organizations from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland participated in the workshop to change ideas about a common set of key performance indicators for sustainable buildings in the Alpine region. The workshop was a concrete step for the implementation of the EUSALP Action Plan that encourages the development of “harmonized, affordable and operational assessment tools to be used by public authorities in policies targeted to promote and boost sustainable and low-carbon buildings in the Alpine region“. At present, more than 60 building rating systems are in use at local, regional and national levels making the assessment of sustainability of buildings difficult to compare. A harmonization process of these systems at transnational level may enforce the effectiveness and transparency of certification labels in place.
During the workshop, experts from the CESBA initiative, the Agency for Energy South Tyrol – CasaClima, the Energy Agency St. Gallen, the Energieinstitut Vorarlberg, the Department for Energy Economy and Consultation of the Land Salzburg, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Énergie Environnement, EnvirobatBDM and the Munich University of Applied Science agreed to further elaborate on a detailed proposal for binding minimum criteria for sustainable construction in 2018. The ad hoc group of experts will meet again in March 2018.
A first assessment report about the harmonization of key performance indicators will be published by the end of this year/beginning of 2018.