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

Objective

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.

Context

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
Conclusions
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.

Organisers

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

QUALICHeCK International Workshop | Performance of thermal insulation in low energy buildings and advanced building renovation projects, 15 December 2016, Brussels, Belgium

Securing the compliance of product data and the quality of installed systems to reach high levels of energy performance

Description

The objective of this workshop was to discuss and identify ways to improve the quality of installed insulation systems as well as to (better) secure the compliance of product and system data, 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 improve the quality of the installation works;
  • how to provide compliant input data used to issue an Energy Performance Certificate;
  • 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, with between participants allowing exchanges of ideas and experience.

Context

Envelope systems contribute substantially to the thermal performance of the building.
National legislations 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. In order to improve quality, the performance has also to be evaluated by on site measurements.

The trend towards Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEB) implies a better execution of construction works and the increased installation of advanced technologies, such as superinsulating materials, 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…).

1 Opening – the overall scene | Chair: Hubert David
Welcome  – Overall context for QUALICHeCK project and for this workshop | Peter Wouters – INIVE EEIG PDF
Progress and challenges in achieving high performance building envelopes | Arnold Janssens – Ghent University PDF
The Clean Energy Package | Frances Bean – BPIE PDF
2 Building junctions & databases | Chair: Hubert David
Barriers and opportunities for achieving compliance and enforcement: application to transmission aspects | Peter Wouters – INIVE EEIG PDF
Quality framework for the internal insulation of existing brickwalls in Belgium | Timo De Mets – BBRI PDF
Thermal bridges calculation rules and accounting in energy calculation in various countries | Jarek Kurnitski – Tallinn University of Technology PDF
3 Super insulation materials | Chair: Paula Wahlgren, Chalmers University
Superinsulation materials: an overview of international research activities and new products on the market | Daniel Quenard – CSTB PDF
How to determine the long term performance of vacuum insulation panels | Roland Caps – VIPA PDF
Retrofitted listed buildings using vacuum insulation panels | Pär Johansson – Chalmers University PDF
EAE presentation on ETICS systems (better title needed) | Ralf Pasker – EAE-ETICS PDF
4 Insulation of walls – Quality of the works | François Rémi Carrié – INIVE EEIG
Voluntary approach: Eurima technical research and guidelines for the design and installation of high thermal performance roofs | Ross Holleron (Knauf Insulation) and Jelle Langmans (KU Leuven) PDF
BUILT2SPEC: Tools for the 21st Century Construction Worksite | Andrea Costa – R2M Solution Srl PDF
Panel Discussion: • Benny De Blaere, president UEAtc • Karsten Kathage, president EOTA and DIBt vice-President • Jan Coumans, president FIEC TEC 1 • Georges Timmermans, director CIR | Moderator Eric Winnepenninckx
Conclusions | Peter Wouters – INIVE EEIG PDF

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

Organisers

The workshop was organised by INIVE EEIG on behalf of the QUALICHeCK consortium in cooperation with EURIMA, EAE, VIPA, UEATC and EOTA, and with the support of the Flemish Energy Agency (VEA) and the Walloon Region.

QUALICHeCK International Workshop on summer comfort technologies in buildings, 9-10 March 2016, Athens, Greece

QUALICHeCK Workshop Athens March 2016

Voluntary and regulatory frameworks to improve quality and compliance of solar control, cool roofs and ventilative cooling

The 2nd QUALICHeCK Workshop took place in Athens, Greece, on 9-10 March 2016, and focused on sustainable summer comfort technologies. Within the context of compliance and quality, topics to covered included solar control, developments in cooling technologies and potential for advanced cooling, status on ventilative cooling, cool roofs and more. In addition, summer comfort was examined from the perspectives of energy, climate change and energy poverty.

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

DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY 9 MARCH 2016
1 Opening Session Chair: Mat Santamouris
Overall Introduction | Peter Wouters, INIVE PDF
Challenges for sustainable summer comfort | Mat Santamouris, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece PDF
Overview of technological development in passive cooling and high efficiency active cooling | José Molina, Seville University PDF
2 Setting the frame – Overall summer comfort issuesChair: Jaap Hogeling
Status on ventilative cooling | Per Heiselberg, Aalborg University PDF
Policies and instruments for increasing buildings energy efficiency: Experience from the Greek Programme “Energy Efficiency in Household Buildings” | Margarita Karavasili, Architect, Urban Planet, Citizens Inspectorate for Sustainable Development PDF
Crossroads between architecture, urbanism and renewable energy sources | Nikos Fintikakis, Architect, Synthesis & Research Ltd PDF
3 Solar Control | supported by ES-SO | Chair: José Molina & Ann Van Eycken
Characterisation of solar control properties – Compliant product data | Wouter Beck, Ascendilex PDF
Product database ESSO DB | Dave Bush, ES-SO Chair of ESSDA PDF
Quality of system and the works of solar shading devices | Ann Van Eycken, Secretary-General ES-SO PDF
4 Ventilative Cooling | supported by venticool | Chair: Theoni Karlessi & Ivan Pollet
Assessment of ventilative cooling and solar shading | Ivan Pollet, Renson Ventilation PDF
Ventilative cooling in Spain | José Molina, University of Seville, Spain PDF
A Greek study on quality of works, compliance with existing legislation and reliability of EPC data | Theoni Karlessi, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece PDF
Some key aspects to consider ventilative cooling in energy performance regulations | François Rémi Carrié, ICEE PDF
 5 StandardisationChair: Theoni Karlessi and Ivan Pollet
Status of CEN work on the new set of EPBD standards | Jaap Hogeling, Chair of CEN TC 371 PDF
Conclusions of 1st Day
 DAY 2 – THURSDAY 10 MARCH 2016
 6 Cool Roofs | Supported by ECRC | Chair: Denia Kolokotsa & Theoni Karlessi
Recent progress on Cool Materials in Europe: The role of European Cool Roofs Council | Denia Kolokotsa, Chair of the Board of Directors of European Cool Roofs Council PDF
Cool roofs standards and the ECRC product rating programme | Afroditi Synnefa, Technical Committee Leader of the ECRC PDF
Cool Roofs Markets and practical experiences | Heinz Meier, Sika Services AG – Building Systems & Industry, Switzerland PDF
Policy and regulatory framework of Cool Roofs in European and International level | Russell Evans, Business Development Manager, Huntsman International LLC PDF
7 Closing session and QUALICHeCK perspectivesChair: François Durier
QUALICHeCK source books presentation and discussion | QUALICHeCK PDF
Can the smart grid and BIM be a major game changer for indoor climate control? | Peter Wouters, INIVE PDF
Voting session
Summing up of workshop findings | François Rémi Carrié, ICEE PDF

The workshop was organised by INIVE and its member NKUA (the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) on behalf of the QUALICHeCK consortium, with the support of Sympraxis Team, and with session contributions from ES-SO (the European Solar Shading Organization), venticool (the international platform for ventilative cooling) and ECRC (the European Cool Roofs Council).

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16-17 March 2015, Workshop in Lund, Sweden — Voluntary and Regulatory Frameworks to Improve Quality and Compliance of Ventilation and Airtightness

QUALICHeCK Lund Workshop

Although ventilation and airtightness are covered in most countries by various regulations focused on energy performance and/or indoor air quality, the effectiveness of these regulations is often called into question. A number of studies have shown significant deviations between assumed and actual characteristics of the building or equipment, possibly resulting in non-compliance to the regulation and/or degraded performance.

The principal objective of this workshop was to discuss and identify ways to reduce these deviations with or without regulatory measures, thereby increasing the confidence in declared values of documents produced to show compliance with the regulations.

Three aspects were more specifically addressed:

  • how to improve the reliability of the input data used to issue Energy Performance certificates;
  • how to improve the quality of the works;
  • how to take into account innovations in a compliance framework.

The workshop discussions were based on detailed presentations of schemes that are operational or under development to address those issues.

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

DAY 1 – MONDAY 16 MARCH 2015
1 Introduction  PDF  VID
Welcome on behalf of QUALICHeCK – Objectives of this workshop – QUALICHeCK’s approach to quality and compliance. Peter Wouters, BBRI, Belgium  PDF
Welcome on behalf of Boverket. Anders Sjelvgren and Wanda Rydholm, Boverket, Sweden  PDF
BUILD UP Skills: European collaboration on improving the competence of the building workforce – Ventilation and airtightness aspects. Horia Petran, URBAN-INCERC, Romania  PDF
Addressing compliance and quality in CEN and ISO standards. Jaap Hogeling, Chair of CEN TC 371, ISSO, Netherlands  PDF
2 Outcomes of QUALICHeCK
Approaches to improve compliance and accessibility of energy performance certificate input data. François Durier, CETIAT, France  PDF
Overview of selected approaches to improve the quality of the works. Heike Erhorn-Kluttig, IBP Fraunhofer, Germany  PDF
3 Building ventilation: industry initiatives – opportunities and challenges for manufacturers
The role certification can play to improve the reliability of input data. Eurovent certification example.  Sylvain Courtey, Eurovent Certita Certification, France  PDF
Opportunities and challenges for natural ventilation systems and ventilative cooling solutions in compliance frameworks. Karsten Duer, Velux, Denmark  PDF
Assessment of demand-controlled ventilation in various countries and compliance frameworks: practical experience and difficulties encountered by a manufacturer. Yves Lambert, Renson, Belgium  PDF
Market drivers for the ventilation industry in Sweden: the role of AMA and OVK procedures, standardisation, and certification. Lars-Åke Mattsson, Lindab, Sweden  PDF
4 Selected approaches addressing quality and compliance in various countries – Concerns for innovation
Quality and compliance on building ventilation and airtightness in the Dutch context. Wouter Borsboom, TNO, The Netherlands PDF
Air-Permeability Testing of New Dwellings & Buildings in the UK: Challenges to Maintaining Standards. Barry Cope, ATTMA, UK PDF
Overview of competent tester schemes for building airtightness testers. François Rémi Carrié, INIVE, Belgium PDF
BUILD UP Skills Sweden: Quality assurance of the works and training activities. Per-Johan Wik, Lund University, Sweden PDF
 5 Swedish approach to quality and compliance 
Background on Swedish regulation BBR – Ventilation and airtightness. Wanda Rydholm, Boverket, Sweden PDF
OVK Compliance (regulatory) and energy efficiency measures, as well as guidance to municipal supervisors on the Board’s Web (Boverkets), OVK experience and supervision. Wanda Rydholm, Boverket, Sweden PDF
The Swedish National energy declaration record. Anders Sjelvgren, Boverket, Sweden PDF
Certification of persons issuing OVK and energy performance certificates. Magnus Jerlmark, Kiwa, Sweden PDF
Qualification of airtightness testers. Paula Wahlgren, Chalmers, Sweden and Magnus Hansén, SP, Sweden PDF
The AMA framework: ductwork according, practical implementation and presentation of digital training for ventilation installers. Johnny Andersson, Ramboll, Sweden PDF
 6 Step-by-step demonstration of the inspection of ventilation systems (OVK procedure) supported by video
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 DAY 2 – TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2015
 7 Steps to improve the reliability of EPC input data and quality of the works in the Belgian context
Energy Performance of buildings regulations in Belgium – The key puzzle pieces for an effective regulation. Xavier Loncour, BBRI, Belgium  PDF
Building airtightness: Towards improved and reliable declared performances.
Clarisse Mees, BBRI, Belgium
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Ventilation: steps towards framework for reliable EPC input data and improved quality/compliance. Samuel Caillou, BBRI, Belgium  PDF
8 Status on the ground and industry-driven initiatives in the French regulatory context
Lessons learnt from regulatory compliance checks on ventilation and airtightness: regulatory context, control procedures, results. Sandrine Charrier and Adeline Bailly, CEREMA, France.  PDF
Building regulations can foster quality management : the French example on building airtightness. Sandrine Charrier, CEREMA, France  PDF
French voluntary scheme for homogeneous announcement of ventilation product performance. François Durier, CETIAT, France  PDF
9 Interactive session – Developing effective compliance frameworks
Legal issues when developing compliance frameworks. Eric Winnepenninckx, UBAtc, Belgium  PDF
Structured discussion on sources of problems regarding input data, quality of the works, and innovation  PDF
10 Conclusions and Perspectives
Summary of country presentations. Arnold Janssens, University of Ghent, Belgium  PDF
Perspectives for effective compliance checks, including feedback from interactive sessions. Xavier Loncour, BBRI, Belgium  PDF
Future steps for QUALICHeCK. Peter Wouters, BBRI, Belgium  PDF

 

You may also download the workshop flyer and the final workshop programme.

The workshop was organised by INIVE on behalf of the QUALICHeCK consortium, AIVC (Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre), TightVent (Building and Ductwork Airtightness Platform), and venticool (the international platform for ventilative cooling), in cooperation with Boverket and Chalmers, and with the support of REHVA.

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