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New European Bauhaus

NEB Lab: Labelling strategy

This Commission-led NEB Lab project develops tools to characterise and recognise what makes concrete initiatives New European Bauhaus.  

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The project works at two complementary levels:

  • A New European Bauhaus Compass developed to cover all types of New European Bauhaus projects and define the main characteristics and principles, such as sustainability, aesthetics and inclusion, transdisciplinary and participation. It will also guide the development of generic policy and funding initiatives both at EU level and in the Member States.
  • A series of assessment frameworks developed for specific types of projects and outputs, streamlining existing standards, and guidance around the three dimensions of the New European Bauhaus. The frameworks will be declined into self-assessment tools and used to define precise criteria for funding instruments or the labelling of projects and outputs.

In the initial phase of the project, the focus of the work on assessment tools will be on buildings and other living spaces.

Project milestones

  • April - July 2022:  NEB Compass drafting & testing, mobilising expertise to work on the tool
  • May - August 2022: Launch of a call for Lead experts to guide and assist the work on the Assessment Frameworks
  • September 2022: Publication of the NEB Compass
  • September 2022 onwards: Assessment Frameworks - overview and classification of existing requirements and standards, guidelines, and codes of practices related to aesthetics, sustainability, and inclusion for buildings and living spaces
  • Next steps: iterative testing and co-creation of the self-assessment tool with the NEB Community

Participation in the project

Identifying relevant indicators for each of the New European Bauhaus dimensions is an ambitious objective. The advancement of the project will benefit from the involvement and support of people with relevant expertise.

Experts, academics and professionals in the fields of sustainability, inclusiveness and aesthetics are welcome to join and contribute with their knowledge and experience. As the current focus of the assessment is on buildings, participation of actors in the related sectors can complement the findings of the project team with fresh ideas, minimize the risk of biases and help to build a tool that meets the users' needs.

Apply to the call for independent experts

By participating in dedicated co-creation sessions, you will get the chance to discuss and exchange first-hand information with other experts from the construction sector on the latest technical advancement, guidelines and requirement for the design a sustainable, beautiful and inclusive buildings.

Get involved if you are interested in having an impact on the design and testing of a new EU self-assessment tool that may also link with other policies in the future.

Project team coordinators


Related information

The NEB Lab