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 #48 | Belgium/Flemish Region control and penalty scheme of the energy performance legislation: checking procedure and fines

Former studies showed that that the legislation is not respected if it is not combined with an operational control scheme. That is why in Belgium, a checking procedure, including on-site control, was implemented with the introduction of the Energy Performance … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #41 | In view of revised EU-directives: dealing with renewable energy systems in the EPC of energy efficient buildings

Proposals for the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and Renewable Energy Directive demonstrate the crucial role of renewable energy systems in achieving a decarbonised economy. In view of new requirements for minimum levels of renewable energy use in buildings, … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #39 | Voluntary quality assurance system for retrofitting multi-unit residential buildings based on self-commitment

This fact sheet presents a quality assurance system which helps to integrate energy efficiency requirements in building related decision making, while indoor air quality is also being taken care of. The approach is based on life cycle considerations, dealing in … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #37 | Labelling schemes and their role in building related compliance frameworks

Labelling schemes of products used for constructing and finishing a building can be useful in two perspectives: (1) They are important for informing stakeholders about the quality of the awarded products and thus contribute to creating societal support for securing … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #36 | Investing in building energy efficiency: the role of the EPC in economic decision-making

The European building stock lacks energy efficiency, and efforts in increasing the renovation rate and improving the energy performance of buildings have not yet resulted in the intended impact. Although the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) was introduced to facilitate energy-efficient … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #34 | Building Services Systems Declaration based on as-built characteristics – Province of Salzburg

The introduction of regulatory requirements and compliance checks will only be successful if societal support is given. Enforcement against the mainstream will be costly and ineffective. Voluntary schemes can be useful in preparing the public for requirements to come and … Continue reading