3rd QUALICHeCK Conference | Better compliance and quality of the building works, in practice

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The 3rd QUALICHeCK Conference took place in Brussels, Belgium, on 10 May 2016. The conference covered, among others:

  • Lessons learned from new QUALICHeCK studies regarding quality of the works and compliant data for Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
  • Guidelines for robust legal frameworks for better enforcement of EPC regulations
  • The potential impact of Building Information Modelling (BIM) uptake regarding EPC calculations
  • Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) related databases
  • Initiatives to ensure quality of the works

You may download the Conference presentations from the table below (Right click on the PDF links and Save As…).

SESSION FILE
1 Overall context and status on the ground
Chair: Gordon Sutherland, EASME
Context of the Conference | Peter Wouters, INIVE EEIG PDF
Outcome of Athens QUALICHeCK workshop on sustainable summer comfort | François Rémi Carrié, INIVE EEIG PDF
Austrian QUALICHeCK study: Assessment of EPC input data based on recalculation and on-site validation | Susanne Geissler, ÖGNB PDF
Belgian QUALICHeCK study: Compliance and correctness of input data on window thermal performance | Lien De Backer, Ghent University PDF
Lessons learned from QUALICHeCK studies regarding compliance and quality of the works | Jarek Kurnitski, Tallinn University PDF
2 Towards better frameworks for EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) compliance
Chair: Chris Hugues, SEAI
Source book on EPC compliance: overall approach | François Durier, CETIAT PDF
Guidelines for robust legal frameworks for better EPC enforcement | Susanne Geissler, ÖGNB PDF
Panel discussion “Better frameworks for EPC compliance” | Moderator: Peter Wouters, INIVE EEIG
Gordon Sutherland, EASMEJens Laustsen, CA EPBD coordinatorMaarten De Groote, BPIE / EuroAceFilip Van Mieghem, Soudal / TightVent
Interactive voting session | Moderator: Arnold Janssens, Ghent University
3 Easy access to EPC input data
Chair: Oliver Rapf, BPIE
QUALICHeCK findings with focus on databases | Xavier Loncour, CA EPBD Core Theme leader PDF
The new European database for solar shading devices | Ann Van Eycken, ES-SO PDF
The potential impact of BIM (Building Information Modelling) uptake regarding EPC calculations | Bart Ingelaere, BBRI PDF
Panel Discussion “About databases for EPBD input data” | Moderator: Peter Wouters, INIVE EEIG
Ann Van Eycken, ES-SOKostas Gobakis, ECRCOlivier Lesage, Test Achat ▪ Xavier Loncour, CA EPBD Core Theme leader ▪ Bart Ingelaere, BBRI
Interactive voting session | Moderator: Arnold Janssens, Ghent University
4 Quality of the works
Chair: Jens Laustsen, CA EPBD Coordinator
Source book on Quality of the Works – overall approach | Hans Erhorn, Fraunhofer IBP PDF
RES directive and certification of installers | Emma Sims, Energy Saving Trust PDF
Latest developments: update on the ongoing review of the EPBD | Paula Rey-Garcia, DG ENER PDF
EPBD implementation in the Walloon Region | Benoit Fourez, Walloon Region PDF
Conclusions | Jens Laustsen, CA EPBD Coordinator

 

 

QUALICHeCK Booklet: Improving the compliance of Energy Performance Certificates and the quality of building works

Although significant efforts have been undertaken in Member States since about 10-15 years to drastically reduce the energy use in the building sector, improving the compliance of building energy performance assessments and the quality of building works are two aspects that remain critical to generalise Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEBs) in Europe, both for new and existing buildings.

To address this issue, one objective of the IEE QUALICHeCK consortium was to confirm the concern for energy performance assessment compliance or the quality of the works with field data. To this end, the consortium conducted 10 field studies in 9 countries, each on samples of 25+ buildings. Not surprisingly, significant non-compliance issues were found in many countries. The consortium also confirmed concerns for the quality of building works based on a literature review.

Another objective of QUALICHeCK was to find interesting approaches that had been developed to address these problems.

Based on this information, the consortium proposes in this report an approach to effective compliance frameworks structured around 6 key questions:

  1. What is the scope of the framework?
  2. At which level and on which basis should it be imposed?
  3. On which type of requirement should it be based, and which type of control should it foresee?
  4. What are the procedures to comply with?
  5. What are the procedures for identifying and handling non-compliance?
  6. How will it be implemented in practice?

This booklet gives practical information, including hints and pitfalls, to help framework developers address these key questions. While several aspects are common to EPC compliance and building works, there are also specificities highlighted in specific sections. The report also discusses how to alleviate barriers to innovation which may arise in compliance frameworks. Finally, some hints are given to increase market acceptance of a compliance framework by strengthening societal support. This aspect is addressed in several parts, including in a specific section, given its key influence on the success of compliance approaches.

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REPORT | Source book on Guidelines for better enforcement of quality of the works — Draft

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New buildings, as well as the renovated building stock, should aim not just for good energy performance but also for good quality of the works, as this is a prerequisite for high building energy performance. Various experiences show that there are … Continue reading

QUALICHeCK International Workshop on summer comfort technologies in buildings, 9-10 March 2016, Athens, Greece

QUALICHeCK Workshop Athens March 2016

Voluntary and regulatory frameworks to improve quality and compliance of solar control, cool roofs and ventilative cooling The 2nd QUALICHeCK Workshop took place in Athens, Greece, on 9-10 March 2016, and focused on sustainable summer comfort technologies. Within the context … Continue reading

QUALICHeCK Fact Sheets now browsable by topic

Several new Fact Sheets have been made available in the QUALICHeCK website. As the number of Fact Sheets grows, finding the one covering the topics of your interest may not be so evident. For this reason, you can now browse Fact Sheets by topic, i.e. Aspects (such as Quality of the Works) and Focus Technologies (such as Transmission Characteristics), as well as combinations thereof.

On the top menu, click on Results » Fact Sheets » Fact Sheets by Topic and select the relevant topic in the table.

REPORT | Source book for improved compliance of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) of buildings — Draft

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Practical  experience shows that it is challenging to implement a robust compliance and enforcement framework for energy performance certificates (EPCs) for buildings. The source book on EPC compliance aims to provide guidelines and suggestions for achieving such a framework. This … Continue reading

REPORT | Compliant and Easily Accessible EPC Input Data (final)

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How to get compliant and accessible data for the energy rating calculation of a building The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of a building will only be able to serve its purpose if it is considered trustworthy while minimising the risk of non‐compliance of the actual … Continue reading

Announcement: QUALICHeCK Roadshow, 11 March 2016, Athens, Greece

Compliance with national and European legislation, enforcement of EPC procedure and stimulation of quality of the works. Athens, Greece, 11 March 2016. VENUE: Building “Kostis Palamas” Akadimias 48 & Sina, Athens. Map: http://maps.uoa.gr/?map=7&place=6 Programme of QUALICHeCK Roadshow Athens GR Programme of … Continue reading

Announcement: 3rd QUALICHeCK Conference, 10 May 2016, Brussels, Belgium

Updated 2016.04.25

The 3rd QUALICHeCK Conference wil take place in Brussels, Belgium, on 10 May 2016. The conference will cover, among others:

  • Lessons learned from new QUALICHeCK studies regarding quality of the works and compliant data for Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
  • Guidelines for robust legal frameworks for better enforcement of EPC regulations
  • The potential impact of Building Information Modelling (BIM) uptake regarding EPC calculations
  • Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) related databases
  • Initiatives to ensure quality of the works

The conference tentative Agenda is now available; click here to view.

Participation to the 3rd QUALICHeCK Conference is free of charge but prior registration is required; you may register at the link below.

 [REGISTER HERE]