QUALICHeCK International Workshop | Renewable heating and cooling systems for buildings, 17 January 2017, Lyon, France

International workshop on securing the compliance of product data and the quality of installed systems, to reach high levels of energy performance


The objective of this workshop was to discuss and identify ways to better secure the compliance of renewable heating and cooling product data as well as the quality of installed systems, thereby increasing the confidence in declared values on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and achieving the expected energy performance.

Three aspects were more specifically addressed:

  • how to provide compliant input data used to issue an Energy Performance Certificate;
  • how to improve the quality of the installation works;
  • how to enforce compliance, and how to define/apply penalties in case of non-compliance.

The workshop discussions were based on detailed presentations of schemes that are operational or under development; interaction between participants allowed exchanges of ideas and experience.


Systems providing heating, cooling and domestic hot water to residential and commercial buildings include more and more renewable energy sources: solar thermal, heat pumps, geothermal, biomass, photovoltaics.

They are covered by Commission Regulations on Ecodesign and Energy labelling. They also help to achieve the national targets defined by the Renewable Energy Directive (RES).

National regulations implementing the European Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD) require a calculation of the energy performance, with an energy rating on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). This needs input data for the calculation to describe the building and the construction products, but also the performance of the systems. Input data must be compliant, i.e. determined according to the legal rules. It is also necessary that they can be found easily by the experts operating the calculation.

The trend towards Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEB) implies a better execution of construction works and the increased installation of advanced technologies, such as renewable heating and cooling, requiring specific skills of the workforce in order to reach quality and good performance of the installed systems.

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

Welcome on behalf of QUALICHeCK | Peter Wouters (BBRI / INIVE) PDF
Objectives of the workshop | François Durier (CETIAT), Susanne Geissler (ÖGNB) PDF
Renewable heating and cooling: promising technologies and relevant regulations
Technologies for renewable heating and cooling in buildings | Daniel Mugnier (Tecsol / RHC Platform – European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling) PDF
How are renewable heating and cooling systems covered by numerous regulations? | Geert de Cock (EHI – Association of the European Heating Industry) PDF
Input data for building energy performance calculation: which are they? What about their compliance? | Susanne Geissler (ÖGNB) PDF
Trustworthy product data for compliant Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
Certification of product data
Eurovent Certification for heating and air-conditioning products | Sandrine Marinhas (Eurovent Certita Certification) PDF
Heat Pump Keymark | Katharina Meyer (DIN CERTCO) PDF
The French product characteristics database for boilers, heat pumps and solar thermal systems | Jean-Paul Ouin (UNICLIMA), Dominique Hantz (CETIAT) PDF
Discussion PDF
Tools to enhance the quality of installed systems
Professional rules and guidelines for installers: the French Programmes RAGE and PACTE | Sylvain Mangili (AQC – Agence Qualité Construction) PDF
How to achieve quality of the works? Presentation of QUALICHeCK findings | Hans Erhorn (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics), François Rémi Carrié (INIVE EEIG) PDF
Revision of the EPBD: possible impacts for heating and cooling systems
The European EPB standards for heating and cooling systems: link with EPC input data | Dominique Hantz (CETIAT) PDF
Revision of the EPBD
Possible changes and additions | François Durier (CETIAT) PDF
Possible impacts on heating and cooling systems | Michèle Mondot (CETIAT) PDF
Discussion and interactive voting PDF
End of the workshop
Visit of CETIAT laboratories 
Testing of wood heating appliances
Testing of heat pumps
Practical training for installers and maintenance staff for heating and cooling systems

You may also download the final agenda and the original workshop flyer.


The workshop was organised by CETIAT on behalf of the QUALICHeCK consortium.

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