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The Collective Initiative for a New Culture of Built Environment in Europe.

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March 5th 2020, Maribor, Slovenia
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The project Greencycle`s FINAL EVENT will take place on March 5th 2020 in Maribor.

The conference addresses the principle of the circular economy as a forward-looking concept of doing business in the Alpine region. Circular economy strategies of the European municipalities and cities involved in the project and other helpful tools for a paradigm shift to the circular economy will be presented and the future of circular economy discussed. Innovative companies that are already successfully implementing the principle will present their ideas. Various Interreg projects addressing this topic will participate as well as projects from other programmes. Representatives of municipalities, institutions, entrepreneurs, companies, students, and Interreg project participants interested in the topic are invited.

Please find final agenda, information on the event and registration on the Greencycle project webpage.

Find more infos on the GREENCYCLE FINAL EVENT HERE

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About the CESBA Wiki

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The CESBA Wiki is the central platform to promote and harmonize the sustainability of the built environment in Europe. It is a storage place for EU projects an offers tools and services. It serves as a platform for networking with other organizations and actors.

What you can find on the CESBA Wiki:

The CESBA movement
Indicators and harmonization process
EU projects and their outputs
Organizations for project collaboration
Options to contribute

Cooperation with other platforms

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WIKIAlps Transnational Wiki on territorial development in the Alps
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CONSTRUCTION21 European platform for green building practitioners

Be a part of CESBA


If you are interested or involved in the assessment of the sustainability of our built environment, the CESBA Wiki is the perfect platform for you! There are various options to be a part of CESBA:

Everybody is welcome to be a part of CESBA!!!


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The term CESBA stands for Common European Sustainable Built Environment Assessment. CESBA is a collective bottom-up movement towards a harmonization of the sustainable assessment of the built environment in Europe. The inducement of CESBA in 2011 was the perception of actors from different EU-project that the variety and high number of assessment tools require for a harmonization. In April 2015, the CESBA Association was founded.

The Vision of CESBA is: A Europe where a high quality living in a sustainable built environment is the common standard practice.

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CESBA's mission is to facilitate the diffusion and adoption of sustainable built environment principles among all the stakeholders of the built environment sector through the use of harmonized assessment systems in the whole life cycle of the built environment.

  • CESBA is a meeting point between top-down and bottom-up approach.
  • CESBA is a framework for the preservation of local and regional autonomy.

The CESBA cycle encompasses the tools, services, core assessment indicators and steps of the built environment life cycle that represent CESBA.

The CESBA initiative policy paper establishes the policy position of CESBA regarding EU policy developments on sustainable buildings.

Building assessments harmonized by CESBA

Currently, there are more than 80 building assessment tools in Europe. Those assessment tools are not comparable and lead to export burdens for SMEs as well as profusion among the actors of the sustainable construction market. There is indeed a clear need for the harmonization of those building assessment tools.

CESBA aims at this harmonization by the following measures:

  • Holistic approach to building and neighbourhood assessment
  • Establishment and discussion of common European Key performance indicators for harmonized indicators
  • Definition of further Reference performance indicators that can be included in the assessment of buildings and their neighbourhoods
  • Depiction of different assessment systems
  • The CESBA generic tool
  • The CESBA Circle

The CESBA initiative is aimed at a variety of CESBA users.

EU projects

Top EU project: CONSTRUCTION21
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“A multi-lingual European platform dedicated to green building practitioners.”

The Intelligent Energy for Europe project CONSTRUCTION21 is an example for how a EU project can access the stage of self-sufficiency. The project built up an online platform dedicated to green building. The platform is transnational (seven languages) and includes the latest information on green building, case studies, trainings, etc. CONSTRUCTION21 has begun to expand

into other countries. CESBA and CONSTRUCTION21 aim at collaborate and create synergies.


Read more on the CONSTRUCTION21 project

Outputs from EU-projects


Top EU project output: Workshop report on EU projects: Results, challenges and opportunities

Validate EU project results, share experiences and develop new project ideas

Representants of 17 different EU-funded projects met to discuss their experiences with EU projects, futur challenges and opportunities, and for developing new project ideas. The active participation showed the great interest on the topic.

Exemplary results of the workshop were:

Read more on the ViSiBLE project

The CESBA Wiki is a joint output of the projects of CEC5, CABEE, and ViSiBLE

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