FACT SHEET #58 | Energy efficiency standards as drivers and barriers for innovation in the building sector

Compliance frameworks are important drivers for energy efficient buildings. However, sometimes they also pre-define solutions to a certain extent and therefore do not only steer but also hinder innovation in the built environment. This fact sheet compares five different energy efficiency standards from four countries and their methods for checking compliance on their implications to systemic solutions and innovation. Three standards are part of the mandatory legislative framework, and two standards are voluntary ones.

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