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 #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 #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 #44 | The quality assurance system of the German reconstruction loan corporation (KfW) in the field of energy-efficient construction and retrofitting (residential buildings)

In the scope of the KfW funding programmes “Energy-Efficient Construction and Refurbishment”, loans and subsidies from federal funds are granted. Under this scheme, eligibility for funding implies stricter energy requirements on new constructions and on buildings subject to refurbishment than … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #30 | Critical situations on the construction site and ideas for quality assurance procedures: The German perspective

The outcomes of the EU IEE project QUALICHeCK with a focus on improved quality on the construction site were mirrored in a dedicated workshop with 15 research experts in the field of energy efficient new buildings, renovations and energy efficient … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #28 | Voluntary Green Building assessment paves the way for better as-built quality

The work on the Austrian voluntary green building assessment scheme called TQB (Total Quality Building) started at the end of the 1990ies, responding to a serious problem: Quite often, building designs optimised in terms of sustainability including energy efficiency and … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #22 | Scheme of vocational qualifications in Cyprus “I have the qualifications. I certify!”

The main objective of the Cypriot scheme of vocational qualifications “I have the qualifications. I certify!” is to develop human resources through the knowledge and skills of the individual and to certify professional qualifications. This also applies to the building … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #09 | AMA – General material and workmanship specifications

AMA (General material and workmanship specifications) has been used in Sweden for more than sixty years. The different parts of AMA are used as reference documents in technical specifications. Between 90 and 95% of all building projects in Sweden refer … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #08 | Quality control of Stuttgart’s retrofit standard realised by the city’s energy consultancy office

The City of STUTTGART’s RETROFIT STANDARD comprises various steps to achieve the energy-efficient retrofit of both residential and non-residential buildings. This includes the construction supervision, for which the City’s Energy Consultancy Office (EBZ) provides qualified experts. In this process, mainly … Continue reading