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ENVIRONMENTAL CLASSIFICATION - PromisE

VTT develops environmental classification systems for built environment and buildings.

PromisE is an Environmental Assessment and Classification System for Residential, Office and Retail Buildings in Finland . PromisE includes two systems: an assessment and classification system for existing buildings and for new buildings.

The systems were developed in cooperation with VTT, practitioners, representatives of standardisation and building authorities. The systems are used in the assessment of environmental performance of buildings and for setting requirements for new buildings.

The PromisE system includes four main categories: Health of users, consumption of natural resources, environmental loadings and environmental risks. The system includes a five-stepped classification. The value of an indicator has to be selected between the E-level, which represents normal level, and the A-level, which represents excellent level. The indicators and categories has been weighted in such a way that the final result can be expressed in terms of one class (A, B, C, D or E). The selection of weighting values for different categories and indicators took place in working seminars in cooperation with different actors of building sector.

The PromisE system has been developed for residential buildings, office buildings and retail buildings. The assessment can be made with help of an internet-based tool.

The following Table introduces the categories and indicators included in the PromisE-system for new buildings. The table also shows the weight of different categories and indicators.

PromisE system for new buildings


Weighted value of the indicator

 

 

Office buildings

Residential buildings 

Retail buildings

HEALTH OF USERS

25

25

20

Management of indoor climate

35

40

40

Setting of requirements and level of requirements

35

35

30

Quality of design

25

30

35

Quality of supervision and documentation

20

20

15

Quality of real estate management contract

20

15

20

Indoor air quality

30

30

30

Volume of air ventilation

40

25

20

Purity of incoming air

30

30

25

Surface materials emissions

30

45

55

Management of moist damages

30

30

30

Quality of building-physical design

40

30

25

Quality of moist control on site

45

55

65

Quality of building maintenance manual

15

15

10

Illumination

5

0

0

Intensity and uniformity

55

0

0

Prevention of reflections and glare

45

0

0

Consumption of natural resources

30

30

35

Energy consumption

45

40

45

Setting of requirements for energy consumption

15

15

15

Heat consumption

25

40

25

Use of real estate electricity

35

20

35

Energy consumption management

15

15

15

Quality of acceptance inspection

10

10

10

Water consumption

5

10

5

Quality of water distribution system

100

40

100

Water consumption monitoring facilities

0

60

0

Land use

10

10

10

Utilization of existing built environment

55

55

55

Utilization of existing networks

45

45

45

Materials consumption

20

20

20

Total use of raw materials (excluding by-products)

70

55

70

Recycling rate of building materials

30

20

30

Savings in space areas with help of common spaces

0

25

0

Service life

20

20

20

Design service life

20

25

20

Level of carefulness and detail of service life design

30

50

30

Level of adaptability

50

25

50

Environmental loadings

35

35

35

Emissions into air

50

50

45

Environmental impact of building products

25

25

25

Environmental impact from energy use

75

75

75

Wastes

20

20

20

Quality of waste management of building

50

50

50

Quality of waste management on building site

50

50

50

Sewage

0

5

0

Utilization of rain water

0

100

0

Bio-diversity

10

10

10

Soil sealing

30

30

30

Removal of soil materials on site

30

30

30

Value of building lot with regard to nature protection

30

30

30

Appearance of rare species on site

10

10

10

Environmental loadings from traffic

20

15

25

Level of public transportation services

50

45

60

Vicinity of pedestrian and bicycle routes

35

25

30

Level of other services needed by users

15

30

10

ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS

10

10

10

Environmental risks of building site

35

35

35

Level of purity of building site

100

100

100

Environmental risks of building

65

65

65

Building materials' risks

40

40

25

Risks of refrigerants

0

0

25

Level of environmental risk management on building site

30

30

25

Level of health risk management on building site

30

30

25

 

Contact:
Tarja Häkkinen, VTT Materials and Construction, p. +358 20 722 6920

 VTT Building, built environment


 
 

 



 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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