What do we see?
The figure below gives an overview of emissions during the construction phase of new buildings in 2019 in Flanders. Emissions in this phase are the result of material consumption. As the figures indicate, non-residential buildings are responsible for the biggest share of the emissions during this phase.
The figure below represents emissions from the heating of buildings. It is clear to see that residential buildings are the biggest source of emissions here. Particulate matter emissions are in fact responsible for 99% of all particulate matter pollution. This is because 600,000 homes use wood, without filters installed in the chimney, as their primary or secondary source of heating.
What’s the aim?
In a circular economy, we want to keep material consumption and emissions to a minimum. To achieve this goal we will have to use materials and energy sources more efficiently during both the construction and the use phase.
What does this indicator measure?
This indicator shows the emissions from buildings in the construction phase and in the use phase as a result of heating. The numbers for the construction phase are an estimation from Gabi software.