The lead market initiative and sustainable construction
Lot 1, screening of national building regulations : final report - Study
The Lead Market Initiative (LMI) for Europe is the European policy for six important sectors of high economic and societal value: eHealth, protective textiles, sustainable construction, recycling, bio-based product and renewable energies. The LMI aims to lower existing barriers to trade and innovation and to bring new products and services onto the market. Within the LMI the European Commission, member states and industry work together to carry out Action Plans. These Action Plans present a list of measures to build a coherent basis for progressive step changes to regulation, standardization... and public procurement. The goal is to further stimulate the market for products and services for sustainable construction in Europe. The European Commission expects that through this framework awareness will be raised and acceptance will be reached about the need to transform the way the customer decides and the supply chain operates. This report meets one of the goals of the Action Plan for the LMI area sustainable construction: a screening of national building regulations. The construction sector is highly regulated at national, regional and local level. The responsibility for setting regulations and implementing these is highly fragmented amongst various authorities. Furthermore, specific aspects of the construction sector make it difficult to implement effective regulation, which is even more true for addressing aspects related to sustainability: the construction industry is highly fragmented; the supply chain is complex; building ownership is fragmented; there are split incentives between building owners and users; buildings often have high financial value; and last but not least buildings are location bound and have a very long life span.