Building renovation




Climate change adaptation:

Technical Screening Criteria:
Depending on the primary objective of the activity, refer to:  Screening criteria for adapted activities  Screening criteria for an activity enabling adaptation Users of the Taxonomy should identify and explain which criteria they are responding to.

Climate change adaptation do not significant harm:

Summary:
The main potential for significant harm to the other environmental objectives associated with the renovation of existing buildings is determined by: • Excessive energy consumption and operational carbon emissions. • Excessive water consumption due to inefficient water appliances. • Landfill and/or incineration of construction and demolition waste that could be otherwise recycled/reused. • Presence of asbestos and/or substances of very high concern in the building materials. • The unprotected handling of building components that are likely to contain substances of concern (e.g. asbestos containing materials) and of any hazardous construction and demolition waste arising from the building renovation; • Indirect damage to forest ecosystems due to the use of timber products originating form forests that are not sustainably managed (only for large buildings).

Mitigation:
The measures adopted to improve the resilience of the building must not increase the rates of operational carbon emissions of the building. Exceptions are allowed if it can be demonstrated that increase in emissions is necessary to carry out the measures, and there is a positive trade-off. To avoid lock-in and undermining the climate mitigation objective, the construction of new buildings designed for the purpose of extraction, storage, transportation or manufacture of fossil fuels is not eligible for the Taxonomy.

References regulation:

Relevant regulation:

Water:
All relevant new water appliances (shower solutions, mixer showers, shower outlets, taps, WC suites, WC bowls and flushing cisterns, urinal bowls and flushing cisterns, bathtubs) must be in the top 2 classes for water consumption of the EU Water Label.

Based on legislation:
Y

Regulation:
European Water Label

Circular economy:
At least 80% (by weight) of the non-hazardous construction and demolition waste (excluding naturally occurring material defined in category 17 05 04 in the EU waste list ) generated on the construction site must be prepared for re-use or sent for recycling or other material recovery, including backfilling operations that use waste to substitute other materials.

Based on legislation:
Y

Regulation:
EU Waste List

Pollution:
5.a - It is ensured that building components and materials do not contain asbestos nor substances of very high concern as identified on the basis of the “Authorisation List” of the REACH Regulation. 5.b - Before starting the renovation work, a building survey must be carried out in accordance with national legislation by a competent specialist with training in asbestos surveying and in identification of other materials containing substances of concern. Any stripping of lagging that contains or is likely to contain asbestos, breaking or mechanical drilling or screwing and/or removal of insulation board, tiles and other asbestos containing materials shall be carried out by appropriately trained personnel, with health monitoring before, during and after the works, in accordance with national legislation.

Based on legislation:
Y

Regulation:
REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) Regulation

Ecosystems:
If the renovation project covers more than 1000 m2 of floor area (over one or more buildings): at least 80% of all timber products used in the renovation for structures, cladding and finishes must have been either recycled/reused or sourced from sustainably managed forests as certified by third-party certification audits performed by accredited certification bodies, e.g. FSC/PEFC standards or equivalent.

Based on legislation:

Regulation:


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