Existing labels and certifications

During the preparation phase of our project, the partners of the European Green Office network collected more than 50 initiatives, labels, standards and certication systems related to the greening of the office workplace. You will find hereunder several labels, certifications, standards and regulations..


Label: Entreprise Ecodynamique - Belgium

Executing Organisation: IBGE (Brussels Administration for Environment and Energy).

Created in 1999 by the IBGE, the "Eco-dynamic company" label gives official recognition for the good environmental practices of Brussels companies, especially concerning waste disposal, energy consumption and the rational use of raw materials.

This label is meant to emphasise the connections between the environment and the economy, and to stimulate the voluntary commitment of companies to engage in a gradual process of improving their environmental performance for more sustainable development. 

To correspond to this gradual approach concerning eco-management, the label is awarded at three progressive levels, from one to three stars.

More than 190 companies have received the Eco-dynamic company label, of which many offices.

Website: http://www.bruxellesenvironnement.be/Templates/Professionnels/Informer.aspx?id=2266

Label : WWF Green Office Label - Finland

Executing organisation: WWF

Green Office, originally developed in 1997 by WWF Finland, is a simple and light environmental management system (EMS). Its aim is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and offices' ecological footprint. Green Office is suited to offices – both large and small – in private companies, the public sector and other organisations. 

WWF awards the Green Office designation to offices fulfilling the criteria of the Green Office programme.

In Finland, 160 organisations have been granted the right to use the Green Office logo (figures as of February 2011). The network of Green Offices has recently been extended to Vietnam, Indonesia and Pakistan.

Website: http://wwf.fi/en/our-earth/green-office/


Label : City of Portland Sustainability @ work programme

Executing Organisation: City of Portland

Since a few years, the City of Portland launched the Sustainability @ work programme, including free assistance and certification. Sustainability at Work offers three levels of certification to recognize your business’s positive impact on the environment and the community. Certification will help Offices to share their achievements with staff and customers, and capitalize on their success. Within this programme, several useful guides have been published, including the Green Team at work guide and the Green Office checklist.


Label: Green Office Challenge - USA

Executing organisation: Chicago climate action plan

The City of Chicago looks to downtown commercial property managers and office tenants to demonstrate leadership in environmental performance. As a strategy of the Chicago Climate Action Plan, the Green Office Challenge aims to help reducing the amount of global warming pollution that Chicagoans produce. 

The Chicago Green Office Challenge is a competition for commercial property managers and office tenants, that acknowledges participants for their achievements in greening their operations through Mayoral and media recognition. The Green Office Challenge helps participants move down the path towards environmental sustainability, and, in some cases, towards third-party green building certification through the ENERGY STAR and LEED™ rating systems.

Website: http://www.chicagogreenofficechallenge.org/



Label : San Francisco Green Business Program - USA

The SF Green Business Program is free and is a one stop shop for all the resources the City and County of San Francisco has to offer businesses.  In order to be designated as a San Francisco Green Business, applicants must meet the program standards and be in compliance with all applicable environmental regulations. SF Green Business program standards are developed by program staff with input from industry experts, utility companies, pollution prevention professionals, City inspectors and trade associations. Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) coordinates the standards development process for the Bay Area. In San Francisco, the standards are further revised to incorporate local ordinances and environmental services available to businesses here. The SF Green Business Program seeks input on the standards through a public participation workshop for each new business sector.

The program is open to offices but also to other sectors like Catering, Retailers, Hotels, Restaurants, Dentists, Garment Cleaning, etc.

Website : http://www.sfgreenbusiness.org/program-standards/


Certification for building infrastructure: BREEAM - Worldwide

Executing organisation: Building Research Establishment

BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) was established in 1990 by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) as a tool to voluntary measure the sustainability of new non-domestic buildings in the UK. It has been updated regularly in line with UK building regulations and underwent a significant facelift on 1 August 2008, called BREEAM 2008. Since then, BREEAM allows the owners, users and designers of buildings to review and improve environmental performance throughout the life of a building. Since its inception it has grown in scope and geographically, being exported in various guises across the globe.

200,000 buildings were certified BREEAM and over a million registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990.

Website:  http://www.breeam.org/


Certification for building infrastructure: Minergie-Eco - Switzerland

Executing organisation: MINERGIE

Minergie is a Swiss sustainability brand for buildings with low energy consumption. Minergie Eco is a complementary standard with additional requirements regarding energy and ecology. The Minergie standard covers a wide range of building types ( Apartment houses administrative buildings, schools, commercial buildings, restaurants, conference centers, hospitals, industrial buildings, storage buildings, sport facilities, indoor pools). The requirements of the Minergie standard are different for renovations of old buildings and for new constructions. 

Website: http://www.minergie.ch/home_en.html


Certification for building infrastructure: NF Bâtiment tertiaires HQE - France

Executing organisation: Certivea

NF Bâtiments Tertiaires Démarche HQE is deliverded by Certivéa wich was founded in 2006 by by the French Building Research Center (CSTB). The NF tertiary buildings, HQE approach is a distinguishing certification for buildings that comply with the best practice in terms of environmental quality. 

This certification applies to most commercial building types, all over the life cycle. The certification is delivered following a series of audits concerning the Management System of the built Operation (MSO) and the Environmental Quality of the built Operation (EQB).

Website: http://www.certivea.fr/nos-certifications/certifications-batiments-non-residentiels/nf-hqe-batiments-tertiaires


Certification for building infrastructure: LEED - USA

Executing organisation: U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

LEED is an internationally green building certification system,  providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial as well as residential. It works throughout the building lifecycle – design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant fitout, and significant retrofit. And LEED for Neighborhood Development extends the benefits of LEED beyond the building footprint into the neighborhood it serves.

Website: http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=19


Certification for building infrastructure: Bâtiment exemplaire - Belgium

Executing organisation: IBGE (Brusseles Administration for Environment and Energy)

Brussels Capital Region organises an award « Bâtiment exemplaires » to promote the building and renovation of projects with a high environmental performance.

The aim is to show that these projects are technically and economically feasible in Brussels. From 2007 to 2009, a total of 117 of 172 received building projects were already subsidised to a total amount of EUR 18.5 million. These projects represent a total surface area of approximately 265.000 m². In 2007 the Brussels Region did not yet have any passive buildings. With the launch of this award, Brussels will have 80.000 m² passive buildings by 2013.

Website: http://www.bruxellesenvironnement.be/Templates/Professionnels/niveau-dossiers.aspx?maintaxid=11660&taxid=11706&langtype=2060