FACT SHEET #59 | Quality of the works in a sample of buildings in Spain

In Spain there is a general regulation, which pays attention to the quality of the construction process, from the design to the end of the construction process when the building is handed over to the owner: it is the Law … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #57 | The list of energy-efficiency experts for German federal funding programmes

Previous studies have shown partly substantial variations in quality to occur in both energy consulting and in services relating to energy-efficient construction and refurbishment in the scope of the federal funding programmes. In 2011, the German Federal Ministry for Economic … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #56 | Certification of experts for the issuance of EPCs in Sweden

Certification of energy experts who issue the building energy performance certificates (EPCs) is a way to ensure a high quality of EPCs. In the following, a description of the role and certification of energy experts in Sweden is provided. … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #55 | Belgian/Flemish evaluation scheme for ventilation systems

Since many years, several monitoring studies have shown that the quality and compliance of installed ventilation systems can be low. The recently developed Evaluation scheme in Belgium tries to tackle this problem, thanks to the mandatory Ventilation Performance Report of … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #54 | Ductwork airtightness in France: regulatory context, contol procedures, results

Ductwork airtightness is an input parameter in the French energy performance calculation method for new buildings (RT 2012) which influences the energy performance rating. If the ductwork airtightness class used in the calculation is better than the default value (2.5*class … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #53 | European solar-shading database, ES-SDA

Since end of 2016, the European Solar-Shading Organization (ES-SO vzw) is operating the European Solar Shading Products Properties Database, ES-SDA. Its aim is to provide a reference list of independently verified and validated solar shading materials and product data, to … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #52 | QualiShell: Romanian qualification schemes for installers of opaque building elements and/or window systems

The Romanian project ‘BUILD UP Skills QualiShell’ has as its main objectives to substantiate, develop and promote two national qualification schemes for the most relevant professions within the Roadmap to 2020 for the construction of energy efficient buildings [1], i.e. … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #51 | Increasing the expertise of building professionals for a better quality of construction: the French programme PACTE

The quality of construction in France can still be improved, especially for high energy efficiency buildings. National programmes have been implemented. The national programme PACTE aims at increasing the expertise of building professionals through a series of dedicated actions. This … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #50 | European certification of HVAC products can provide EPC input data

Systems providing space heating, ventilation, space cooling and/or domestic hot water (HVAC) to residential or commercial buildings are playing a major role in the building energy performance. Eurovent Certita Certification manages a voluntary certification of the performance of heating, ventilation … Continue reading