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 #38 | Compliance assessment studies in focus countries

The main objective of the QUALICHeCK project is to respond to the concerns regarding the reliability of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) declarations and the quality of the works. In order to analyse the situation in the ground, compliance assessment studies … 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 #35 | QUALICHECK Study Spain – Different data/tools for getting EPCs

The Spanish scheme of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) is based on the asset energy performance. The calculations can be carried out by at least three methods, one detailed and two simplified. Different set of default data can be used, for … 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

FACT SHEET #33 | Building air leakage rate in energy calculation and compliance procedures

Building air leakage rate is taken into account in energy calculations, but mainly with default tabulated values. With tabulated values, there is an option to use measured values instead of more conservative tabulated values. Regarding compliance, usually there is no … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #32 | Requirements and compliance related to thermal bridges

Thermal bridges calculation rules are addressed in the building codes of all studied countries. Main approach seems to be some kind of simplified system where calculations of thermal bridges is not required. In many cases tabulated or default values in … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #31 | Summer thermal comfort requirements and compliance assessment frameworks

Summer thermal comfort is somehow addressed in most of the building codes. As it is quite a new issue, it is not fully established and more effort is needed for successful implementation. This fact sheet provides an overview of the situation … 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