International workshop on securing the compliance of product data and the quality of installed systems, to reach high levels of energy performance
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.
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)|
|Objectives of the workshop | François Durier (CETIAT), Susanne Geissler (ÖGNB)|
|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)|
|How are renewable heating and cooling systems covered by numerous regulations? | Geert de Cock (EHI – Association of the European Heating Industry)|
|Input data for building energy performance calculation: which are they? What about their compliance? | Susanne Geissler (ÖGNB)|
|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)|
|Heat Pump Keymark | Katharina Meyer (DIN CERTCO)|
|The French product characteristics database for boilers, heat pumps and solar thermal systems | Jean-Paul Ouin (UNICLIMA), Dominique Hantz (CETIAT)|
|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)|
|How to achieve quality of the works? Presentation of QUALICHeCK findings | Hans Erhorn (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics), François Rémi Carrié (INIVE EEIG)|
|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)|
|Revision of the EPBD|
|Possible changes and additions | François Durier (CETIAT)|
|Possible impacts on heating and cooling systems | Michèle Mondot (CETIAT)|
|Discussion and interactive voting|
|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|
The workshop was organised by CETIAT on behalf of the QUALICHeCK consortium.