Monitoring and Usage of a Building

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The last life cycle stage is essential for the final sustainability balance. The real user behaviour can differ greatly from what has been predicted. Incentives for and information about sustainable behaviour is as necessary as an ongoing communication between user and facility manager. By permanent monitoring, environmental effects and operational costs can be controlled and the utilization comfort secured. If external uninfluencable conditions change – e.g. a decline of access to sustainable mobility in the neighbourhood of the building – appropriate solutions have to be found quickly. If the purpose of the building does not apply anymore, conversion is much more sustainable than demolishing. For sustainable buildings, conversion is possible with little effort. By defining a new target for the building, a new building life cycle starts.

The following movie shows, using the example of buildings in Vorarlberg, how the CESBA tool has been implemented:

CESBA Building Cycle

  1. Purpose and Target Definition
  2. Design Tendering and Architectural Competition
  3. Planning Process
  4. Procurement of Products and Services
  5. Implementation and Building Process
  6. Commissioning of a Building
  7. Monitoring and Usage of a Building

EU Project Outputs on Monitoring and Usage of a Building


CESBA guide (2014)