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Assessment method

What is the difference between the Environmental Performance of Buildings method and the Environmental Performance of Buildings (MPG)?

The Assessment Method is performance oriented, not solution oriented and therefore sets no requirements on construction method and technology. Clients and contractors can use the method to make agreements about a construction project’s quality levels, with total design freedom and space for innovative solutions.
The Environmental Performance of Buildings (EPB) is an important benchmark for a building’s sustainability. The lower the EPB, the more sustainable the use of materials. The EPB is an objective resource during the design process and can be used in a Design Brief to record the result of a design process. An EPB calculation uses environmental information from the NMD.

What is the shadow price methodology?

Scores for environmental impact categories need to be weighted and combined to arrive at a single indicator for environmental impact. This weighting takes place using the shadow pricing method: multiplying the characterised impact scores by the corresponding shadow price, which is the highest permissible cost level for the government (prevention cost) per unit of emission control.

Why is the appendix "Overview of the scope of a building work calculation for the different user functions" not complete?

The Assessment Method only indicates the methodology of how the environmental performance of a building or structure should be calculated. It does not indicate the set of construction products and construction installations over which the calculation should be made. Nor does it indicate how the environmental performance of a building should be divided over several use functions in that building. The regulations that refer to the Assessment Method for calculating the requirements set in the relevant regulation (e.g. Building Decree or BREEAM) indicate the collection of construction products and building installations over which the calculation should take place. This is always a description and not an exhaustive list, as there are always products that do not appear in the list. The overview of the scope is therefore only included for information as appendix to the Assessment Method and does not claim to be a complete overview, because the components that do or do not need to be included differ per regulation.

What is the difference between NEN-EN 15804 and the Assessment Method for Environmental Performance of Buildings?

The Environmental Performance Assessment Method for Construction Works is based on NEN-EN 15804 Sustainability of Structures – Environmental Declarations – Basic Rules for the Construction Products Product Group. The Assessment Method models NEN-EN 15804 to the Dutch context and to Dutch construction methods.

Which version of the Assessment Method should I use?

The Assessment Method is applied in both public and private law. Public law means that it is referred to in legislation and regulations, in this case the 2012 Building Decree and the 2012 Building Decree Regulations. This legal reference refers to the calculation rules in chapter 3 and not to the methodical requirements from chapter 2.
Since the Environmental Performance Assessment Method for Construction Works 1.0 was published on 1 July 2020, during 2021 chapter 3 of this will replace chapter 3 in the current Assessment Method (v3.0 January 2019). This implies an amendment to article 3.1 of the Building Decree Regulation. Private parties who use the Assessment Method can determine for themselves which version of the Assessment Method they prescribe. See also: Which version of the Assessment Method applies for what? (NL)


I want to deviate from default building life in my calculation. What are the guidelines for this?

No specific building service life expectation is indicated in the Environmental Performance Assessment Method for Construction Works; clients and contractors can decide to indicate this. However, many default values are mentioned, these being 75 years for dwellings and 50 years for utility buildings. Construction practice needs a standardised Life Cycle Assessment of buildings in the form of a well-founded deviation from the default value in order to benchmark the environmental performance of buildings and consciously steer towards a long(er) or short(er) life cycle, as early as the design stage. Commissioned by the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, W/E adviseurs prepared the ‘Specific Building Service Life Guideline’ report, which serves as a guideline for the voluntary use of a similar standardised life cycle assessment. If there is sufficient support, this guideline can be included as normative in the Environmental Performance Assessment Method for Construction Works.

What is the difference between an MPG calculation and Dubokeur?

The DUBOkeur® demonstrates which products (for the construction, civil engineering or interior design sector), raw material, installation or home are the most environmentally friendly choice. This is demonstrated using an environmental Life Cycle Assessment produced by the Dutch Institute for Building Biology and Ecology (NIBE). Having a quality mark such as DUBOkeur® is not incorporated in the Building Decree. Requirements are, however, set on the Environmental Performance of Buildings (EPB).

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