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Brussels Environment, OVAM, and Wallonia | A new tool to improve the environmental performance of buildings

On 22 February 2018, ACR+ members OVAM, Wallonia and Brussels Environment launched a new tool to improve the environmental performance of buildings: “Totem”. Totem is a transparent, simple, digital interface with which the Belgian construction industry can work to objectify and reduce the environmental impact of buildings.

 “Totem” was created:

  • to stimulate the creativity of architects and project authors and to realize projects that meet the environmental requirements of tomorrow;
  • to evaluate the environmental impact of buildings on the basis of a scientific and neutral method, adapted to the specificity of the Belgian building market;
  • to stimulate innovation and encourage ecodesign in building systems.

Studies show that the impact of building elements and building materials on the environment is responsible for 10 to 30% of the total environmental impact.

Source: (in Dutch) and (in French)