Tools and services
The CESBA tools and services support the CESBA framework. They can also be called CESBA processes.
The term “certification” has a Latin origin and means to “make something secure” (certum facere). Therefore, a certification is a method that ensures that a building meets certain criteria. These criteria are measured by indicators. Existing building assessment systems are very diverse: First, they have a different quantity and various types of indicators. Second, each of the assessment systems takes environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainability into consideration differently. CESBA wants to compare different systems, harmonize them in order to get the best out of existing certification processes. Thereby, the existing building assessment systems will be used unchanged further on. During the CESBA-SPRINT-Workshop in October 2013, a group of actors has gone further into the question which requirements a harmonization of certification systems by CSBA should accomplish. There are four factors the actors considered to be most important: that results of certification processes are comparable, that they can be adapted to regional differences, that they are simple to understand and that an ongoing quality control by different experts takes place. Using a mass-oriented approach, the CESBA harmonization could be adapted to all public buildings in Europe. This is the vision of CESBA. A public instruction to the harmonization of certification systems will be accessible through the CESBA Wiki.
In the context of CESBA, the term “training” encompasses many aspects: training measures enhance the awareness on a sustainable built environment, provide education material, excursions, seminars and conduct public relation work by using different types of media and organizing events. The overall goal is to convince all relevant actors of the necessity of Europe-wide harmonized building assessment systems and to inform them how to use them. Training measurements have to take place during all stages of the building life cycle. Relevant actors are the society, experts (e.g. engineers, craftsmen, and architects), end users and public authorities. It is essential to take the specific needs of different target groups into consideration. Furthermore, an appropriate, target-group specific language should be used and the costs of training measurements should be low. The CESBA Wiki will soon offer training material
Whoever wants to conduct a sustainable refurbishment or construction needs support. Here, the CESBA service packages for municipalities can help. They support relevant actors with the challenging task to take aspects of sustainability into consideration during the whole building life cycle. The service packages have a non-binding nature and can easily be adapted to local requirements. CESBA helps with the target definition, the development of an ecological programme, the implementation of an architectural competition, and with finding the best combination of creative design and technical plans. With the help of the service package, a concept can be prepared that determines the course of action in each stage of the building life cycle. Furthermore, CESBA supports municipalities with the public procurement. Service packages can also include training measurements for actors involved, e.g. craftsmen. Finally, CESBA promotes the success control and if any unexpected problem occurs, CESBA tries to find solutions together with the actors.
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