Welcome to examine the categories in the set of criteria for office and service buildings 2016!

This overview of the set of criteria shows the subject areas that are addressed under each criterion, along with the associated weightings. The total number of points is 100, and an extra 10 points can be awarded for innovation.

The set of criteria includes mandatory sub-areas, which are set out here as minimum requirements:

Classification scale# of starsRequirement level/Points Minimum requirements for criteria
No classification no stars 0 points
1 star 25 points
* *2 stars40 pointsHumidity (P2.1 and P2.2) 50% (site basic requirements)

Indoor air (S1.1, S1.2, S1.4) 50% (S2 indoor air classification)
* * *3 stars55 points+ Y2.1 40% (Energy Performance Certificate B)

+ P1.2 75% (Ensuring the functionality of building services)

+ Y1.1 30% (Carbon footprint savings 20%)
* * * *4 stars70 points+ Y1.1 50% (Building Passport and savings)
* * * * *5 stars85 points+ Only through auditing of the usage phase


P1.1 Steering and management of the classification target

  • 0/100% MAX 3 POINTS

By systematically inspecting the environmental targets set for the project in the design phase based on design and contract documentation, it is possible to ensure the end result also meets the target.

P1.2 Ensuring and monitoring the functionality of building services

  • 0/100% MAX 3 POINTS

Building services are comprehensively monitored across various systems, and preparations are made for commissioning as early as the design phase.

P1.3 User guidance

  • 0/100% MAX 2 POINTS

Effective knowledge transfer and guidance are promoted with the aim of ensuring that the building is used as designed.

PP2.1 Managing risks related to moisture technology as part of the design

  • 0/25/75/100% MAX 4 POINTS

The design identifies the risks of moisture on the site and the risks are managed by ensuring the functionality of design solutions.

P2.2 Managing moisture on the construction site

  • 0/75/100% MAX 6 POINTS

Moisture damage and indoor air problems can be prevented by managing moisture technology risks during construction and by ensuring high-quality construction.

P3.1 Työmaan ympäristövaikutukset

  • 0/50/100% MAX 3 PISTETTÄ

Työmaan vaikutusten ja riskien hallinta työmaan aikana.

P3.1 Environmental impact of the construction site

  • 0/50/100% MAX 3 POINTS

Managing the risks and impact of the construction site during construction.


T1.1 Life cycle costs

  • 0/25/50/75/100% MAX 3 POINTS

Taking life cycle and maintenance costs into consideration as part of the project promotes the principle of taking into account the costs during usage and maintenance as part of the design.

T2.1 Durability

  • 0/100% MAX 3 POINTS

Design solutions are employed to ensure the durability of common areas in the building against normal circulation and the movement of goods.

T2.2 Maintenance

  • 0/50/100% MAX 4 POINTS

Steps are taken to ensure that the building is sufficiently maintainable, service routes are available, and problematic solutions in terms of maintenance are avoided.

T2.3 Adaptability

  • 0/25/50/75/100% MAX 2 POINTS

Taking the adaptability of the building into consideration in accordance with the SUKE method.


Y1.1 Life cycle carbon footprint

  • 0/15/25/30/40/45/55/60/70/75/85/100% MAX 12 POINTS

The building’s carbon footprint is used to measure carbon footprint savings throughout the building’s life cycle in relation to an ordinary building.

Y2.1 Energy efficiency

  • 10/20/30/40/50/60/70/80/90/100% MAX 8 POINTS

Evaluation of the energy efficiency of the site based on the grade awarded on the Energy Performance Certificate.

Y2.2 Measuring energy use

  • 0/25/50/75/100% MAX 3 POINTS

Comprehensive consumption measurements and function-specific measurements of specialised systems enable effective monitoring of the building’s energy use and intervention in the event of problems with systems.

Y2.3 Calculating the target consumption

  • 0/50/100% MAX 3 POINTS

System-level energy consumption targets provide a tangible level that can be expected for the site’s energy consumption during use and, when they are combined with energy metering, they accelerate the reaction time in the event of flaws in system operation.

Y2.4 Efficiency of systems

  • 0/100% MAX 2 POINTS

The energy efficiency and regulation of systems which are not included on the Energy Performance Certificate correspond to best practices.

Y3.1 Efficiency of water use

  • 0/100% MAX 3 POINTS

Technical systems are selected so as to ensure that water consumption in the building is not higher than warranted.

Y4.1 Constructing green spaces and managing storm water

  • 0/50/100% MAX 4 POINTS

Promoting natural diversity and safeguarding the viability of soil and vitality of flora and taking into account the distinctive features of the local landscape while considering the structures related to managing storm water.

Y4.2 Safety and priority of cycling and walking

  • 0/50/100% MAX 2 POINTS

Steps are taken to ensure the safety of cyclists and pedestrians on the plot.
Steps are taken to promote cycling and walking by providing high-quality bicycle storage facilities and common areas.


S1.1 Thermal conditions

  • 0/50/100% MAX 6 POINTS

Good thermal conditions have a major impact on work productivity and working capacity on the premises.

S1.2 Indoor air quality

  • 0/50/100% MAX 7 POINTS

High-quality indoor air and sufficient ventilation guarantee a healthy indoor climate for occupants and reduce the risk of illnesses caused by the building.

S1.3 Opportunities for occupants to make adjustments

  • 0/50/100% MAX 2 POINTS

Thermal and lighting conditions that adapt to personal preferences increase flexibility and improve satisfaction among occupants.

S1.4 Material emissions

  • 0/100% MAX 3 POINTS

Reducing the emissions from materials used in indoor areas reduces the rate at which occupants experience symptoms and sensitisation.

S2.1 Amount of natural light

  • 0/100% MAX 4 POINTS

Natural light has a positive effect on occupants of the premises, improving attributes such as alertness.

S2.2 Quality of lighting

  • 0/100% MAX 2 POINTS

A sufficient amount of light and high quality of lighting guarantee safe working that does not cause the eyes to become fatigued.

S3.1 Indoor acoustics

  • 0/50/100% MAX 3 POINTS

Good indoor acoustics guarantee a natural working environment and support the actions of occupants.

S3.2 Noise insulation

  • 0/100% MAX 3 POINTS

Good noise insulation in structures decreases the amount of noise passing from one area to another and reduces the disruption experienced by occupants.


I1.1 Innovations

  • 0/20/40/60/80/100% MAX 10 POINTS

Allowance is made for the approval of innovations beyond the scope of the classification and for rewarding results that clearly surpass the requirements of the criteria.