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CESBA stands for Common European Sustainable Built Environment Assessment and is a common initiative towards promoting a harmonization of sustainable building assessments for public buildings throughout Europe. The inducement of CESBA is the perception of the variety of sustainable building certification systems in European regions and the need to find a common framework for building assessments.


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

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.

Purpose and Target DefinitionDesign Tendering and Architectural CompetitionPlanning ProcessProcurement of Products and ServicesImplementation and Building ProcessCommissioning of a BuildingMonitoring and Usage of a BuildingCategory:TRAININGCategory:SERVICECategory:CERTIFICATIONCategory:INDICATORSCesba circle

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:

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

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Be a part of CESBA

People behind CESBA


The people behind CESBA are persons that share a passion for a promotion of the sustainability of the built environment in Europe. The CESBA supporting persons have been or are currently involved in EU projects that aim at harmonize and improve the sustainability of the built environment. They come from different European countries and are different types of stakeholders. They fill the CESBA Wiki with contents and thus further develop the initiative.

Thematic Fields of Work

CESBA Thematic Fields of Work
Building Neighbourhoood City Territory
Capacity to act
Process quality
Environmental quality
Social quality
Economic quality


The CESBA movement started in 2011 when actors from different EU projects found that the high number of building assessment systems in Europe were leading to proliferation, confusion among the actors and to a very fragmented sustainable construction market. The idea of promoting a framework on assessment buildings emerged during the Energy World Cafe in Lyon, in June 2012. To reach this goal, the representatives of the EU projects were contacted to share and work on this goal. First results were shared during a common meeting in Brussels, and based on the work of the French representatives, who met several times during this period; a general framework and different concepts were discussed and accepted.

The common vision was born, and a statement was released in July 2012. To share this vision and to disseminate these results, to start the work with the EU commission, the first CESBA conference in Brussels was organized on 10th October 2012, and the website launched.

After the launch of the idea several institution were interested to know more about the initiative. Partner began to present CESBA on various occasions.

Then in April 2015, the CESBA Association was founded.

Main steps of the overall history of CESBA process:

2011-02-16 Lyon/ ENERBUILD conference - different ways of ecological building assessment
2012/05/19 Barcelona/ IRH-Med conference - different ways of ecological building assessment
2011/06/07 Lyon/ ENERBUILD meeting - Idea “New common European directive / framework on assessment of buildings” and common conference in Brussels
2011/11/15 Brussels Conference/ Exchange among the projects ENERBUILD, OPENHOUSE, SUPERBUILDING, IRH-MED
2011/07-2012/04 Lyon, Paris/ Exchanges between French representants of ENERBUILD, IRH-MED, SUPERBUILDING, OPENHOUSE. Proposition of the universal framework and concept of signature.
2012/05/23 Turin/ Draft on CESBA-content
2012/10/10 Brussels 1st CESBA-Conference/ Decision core set of Indicators; Support offered by DG Environment
2013/10/21-23 Vorarlberg, 2nd CESBA-Conference/ CESBA Sprint Workshop Hochhäderich
2013/05/17 Annual Conference 2013 in Padua, Italy
2013/06/27-28 Final Conference of the ENERGYCITY in Brussels
2014/07/01 Turin/ 2nd CESBA Sprint Workshop Expanding CESBA
2014/10/07 Brussels/ CESBA Conference in Brussels
2014/10/29 Barcelona/ CESBA at World Sustainable Building conference
2014/11/17 Dornbirn, Austria/ Final event of CESBA supporting projects ViSiBLE and CEC5
2015/04/21 Salzburg, Austria/ 3rd CESBA Day in Salzburg & Foundation of CESBA association


CESBA supporting organizations have subscribed to the CESBA Expression of support and present themselves on the CESBA Wiki. Here, you can see a sample of CESBA supporting organizations:

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Regional Development Vorarlberg Austria
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Rhǒne-Alpes Regional Energy and Environment Agency France
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Bâtiments Durables Méditerranéens (BDM) France
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Regione Piemonte Italy
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Regione Veneto Italy
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Hochschule Rosenheim Germany
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Rhǒne-Alpes Regional Energy and Environment Agency France
Hochschule Luzern Switzerland
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Energy agency of the Zlín Region Czech Republic
Posoški razvojni center Slowenia

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Czech Chamber of Architects Czech Republic
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Vysocina Region Czech Republic
City of Ludwigsburg Germany
Municipality of Udine Italy
NFM Ministry of National Development Hungary
City of Bydgoszcz Poland
Ministry for agriculture and the Environment Slovenia
Building and Civil Engineering Institute ZRMK Slovenia
Travna SK.PNG
Trnava Self-Governing Region Slovakia