In response to the need for more sustainable construction, new concepts, phrases, terms and expressions are being used in the construction industry across Europe. These concepts are aimed at improving the environmental, social and economic impact of the industry and its outputs. From Air Source Heat Pumps to Net Zero Carbon Buildings; from Whole Life Costing to Photovoltaic Electricity; from Recycled Resources to Passive House; it is important that the industry reaches a common understanding of these terms.  This will allow a common language for sustainable construction in order to provide a base for harmonised development in the future.

The Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE), working together with the European Concrete Platform (ECP) and with the support of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) gathered together these terms and established a “working glossary” of the concepts currently used in a concise, easily accessible form.

The original English wiki version was launched during the 2010 EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) and is already being used by the construction sector, by policy-makers at national and European levels and for communications, educational and training purposes within the sectors directly concerned. The paper version of the glossary is published in English, French, German and Spanish, while the versions covering the other EU languages are posted Online Casino Spiele on the EESC website.

Download the Multilingual Glossary here.