Regional development and CESBA

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CESBA is an opportunity for regional development thanks to the interaction between existing sectorial policies, funding bodies and institutions. New opportunities will arise to reduce regional frictions and therefore to encourage innovative developments for the built environment. The complex requirements for sustainable buildings foster cooperation among the stakeholders, while the CESBA approach creates a good opportunity to set up new policies along the CESBA principles. The implementation of a holistic common certifi cation procedure for ecological public buildings should take into account the materials used in the construction process. This approach can create a unique opportunity for regional development. In cases where the transportation impact is relevant, such as in the factors considered by the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach, sourcing local products yields environmental benefi ts. This could also encourage the planners and constructors to use local products and it would lead to an increase in local employment.

The market for the construction industry

The potential market for the construction industry can be understood considering the amount of existing buildings that need energy efficiency improvements. The following table summarizes the chronological classification of buildings in three different classes according to the BPIE survey:

  • Old: typically representing buildings up to 1960,
  • Modern: typically representing buildings from 1960 to 1990,
  • Recent: typically representing buildings from 1991 to 2010.


CESBA Guide (2014)