Open House - Benchmarking and mainstreaming building sustainability in the EU based on transparency and openness (open source and availability) from model to implementation

Start date 01/02/2010
End date The project is closed: 31/07/2013

The overall objective of OPEN HOUSE is to develop and to implement a common European transparent building assessment methodology, complementing the existing ones, for planning and constructing sustainable buildings by means of an open approach and technical platform. In order to achieve the OPEN HOUSE objectives, a multidisciplinary strong and well balanced consortium able of mobilising any  kind of stakeholders from the entire supply and value chain,  has been created. It will provide complementary scientific and technical knowledge for performing the research tasks, and skills for the dissemination and exploitation of the results. It is composed by 20 organisations covering 11 countries. It has been configured with a well-balanced contribution of large companies with strong research capabilities, high-tech SMEs, research organisations, end users and policy makers.


The project is carried out at the Divison of Building Technology and within Areas of Advance Built Environment.

This project is related to the project  "Mastertool Building Certification Systems".

More information can be found at Open House homepage



Keywords: Transparency, building sustainability, assessment methodology, standardisation, green public procurement, lead market, sustainable construction

Project members

Project leaders
Prof. Holger Wallbaum
Daniel Hiniesto Muñoz de la Torre, Acciona

Prof. Holger Wallbaum

External partners in the project

Acciona Infraestructuras

Cae Services Geie

Applied Industrial Technologies Ltd

Ove Arup & Partners International Limited

Eusko Jaurlaritza-Gobierno Vasco

Bouygues Construction

Miasto Stołeczne Warszaw

Slovenski Gradbeni Grozd

Gospodarsko Interesno Zdruzenje

D'appolonia Spa

Deutsche Gesellschaft Fuer Nachhaltiges Bauen

Electricite de France S.A., Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V.

Instytut Techniki Budowlanej

Mostostal Warszawa Sa

SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut AB

Vivienda Y Suelo de Euskadi, S.A.

Gradbeni Institut Zrmk Doo

Fundación Agustín de Betancourt

Chalmers Areas of Advance

​Built Environment

European Commission – ENV.2009. Benchmarking and labeling of the sustainability performance of buildings, EUR 3’498’730

In-kind budget EUR 1'446'456

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