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Becoming a GreenBuilding Partner

By becoming a GreenBuilding Partner, your company can present itself as an innovative player regarding sustainability and energy efficiency in non-residential buildings. Your company’s commitment will be recognized by the awarding of the GreenBuilding plaque, by letting you use the GreenBuilding logo and in the context of various dissemination activities of GreenBuilding.

You may qualify for GreenBuilding partner status in any of the three following cases:

  • Refurbishment of one or more existing non-residential buildings, which will result in the reduction of the total primary energy consumption of at least 25%* (if economically viable), total or related to the end-use or subsystem, which is being upgraded.
  • New constructed non-residential buildings, which consume 25%* less total primary energy (if economically viable) of the building standard in force at the time or below the consumption levels of “conventional” buildings presently constructed.
  • Buildings already renovated or refurbished (after 01.01.2000), if the total primary energy consumption was reduced by at least 25% or the buildings consume 25%* less energy than required by the building standard in force at that time.
     

Please find more detailed information on the procedures to become a GreenBuilding Partner in the Partner Guidelines or contact your National Contact Point.

Available for download the Partner Registration Form.

Potential partners are recommended to use the GreenBuilding Programme Application Tool when submitting projects for approval.

Refurbishments or new buildings with ambitious energy efficiency measures, may qualify to be presented as a Best Practice in GreenBuilding. Please contact your National Contact Point or the European Commission DG JRC.
 

* the 25% energy savings is a 'guiding principle' and shall be achieved only if cost-effective.

 

The GreenBuilding Endorser Programme

The GreenBuilding Endorser Programme has been established to help the European Commission and the GreenBuilding National Contact Points to promote GreenBuilding to potential participants and to support already registered GreenBuilding participants in their efforts to reduce the energy consumption in their non-residential buildings. The GreenBuilding Endorser Programme is open to almost all interested parties from the building sector.

In particular, registrations are welcome from: 

  • Equipment manufacturers, 
  • Building contractors,
  • Energy management and system design companies, 
  • Electric utilities and energy service companies,
  • Energy equipment importers, distributors and vendors, 
  • National professional and trade associations.

To become a GreenBuilding Endorser, an organisation must have assisted at least one building owner in becoming a GreenBuilding Partner. Furthermore, it is expected that a GreenBuilding Endorser will undertake specific actions to support GreenBuilding, according to the requirements below. In return, the Endorser will get public acknowledgement for their efforts. 

Though not entailing legally binding obligations, joining the Endorser Programme requires a commitment to the objectives of GreenBuilding. Joining proceeds through a registration whereby the company in question commits itself to fulfil the GreenBuilding Endorser Programme requirements. Endorsers may use the GreenBuilding logo, and their relevant activities and products may be included in the promotional and technical support material.

The list of GreenBuilding Programme Endorsers, including a description of their specifics contribution to the GreenBuilding Programme, will be published widely (brochure, Internet etc.).

The details, obligations and benefits of the Endorser Programme are in the Endorser Guidelines.

Becoming a GreenBuilding Endorser

  • Each Endorser shall appoint a person responsible for communications with the European Commission and the GreenBuilding National Contact Points.
  • Each Endorser shall promote the GreenBuilding Programme and its goals. In particular each Endorser shall help the European Commission and the GreenBuilding National Contact Points to promote the GreenBuilding Programme and strategies for enhancing the energy efficiency in non-residential buildings to potential programme participants.
  • Each Endorser shall have assisted at least one building owner in becoming a GreenBuilding Partner.
  • Each Endorser shall provide the European Commission and the GreenBuilding National Contact Points with up-to-date non-confidential and commercially available information on its products, technologies and services relevant for the GreenBuilding Programme.
  • Each Endorser shall educate its clients on the benefit of energy savings and of the GreenBuilding Programme.
  • Each Endorser shall lay out a specific plan of how to promote the GreenBuilding Programme and send it to the European Commission and the GreenBuilding National Contact Points within three months after receiving the acceptance letter, together with a short description of the company.
  • Endorsers can withdraw from the Programme at any time without penalty.