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

FACT SHEET #07 | Building airtightness in France — regulatory context, control procedures, results

Since 2006, there has been a significant reward in the French energy regulations for good airtightness, which has been combined with a minimum requirement for residential buildings in the 2012 version of the regulation. Airtightness test results show that the … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #06 | Regulatory compliance checks of residential ventilation systems in France

Regulatory compliance checks on samples of residential ventilation systems are operational in France. The analysis of their results shows a significant rate of non-compliance with the ventilation regulation (rate on the order of 50%). … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #05 | Voluntary scheme and database for compliant and easily accessible EPC product input data in Belgium

The “EPB product database” in Belgium is an effective scheme to improve the compliance and easy access to product characteristics used as input data for the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) calculation. The acceptance of this scheme by the market has … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #04 | European voluntary rating programme of cool roofing products

Cool roofing products are products applied to the roof of a building in order to keep roof surface cooler under the sun and thus minimize solar heat gain through the roof, especially in the hot season. These products both reflect … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #03 | French voluntary scheme for harmonised publication of ventilation product data

Fact sheet #03 describes a voluntary scheme defining the data to be announced in the product documentation. The scheme has been launched in 2012 by Uniclima, the French association of ventilation product manufacturers. It ensures that product characteristics are provided … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #02 | The German contractor’s declaration: supporting compliance with minimum energy performance requirements

Fact sheet #02 describes a new obligatory scheme introduced in Germany, which requires contractors to confirm in writing that the specific minimum energy performance requirements for building envelope components, space heating and hot water generation and distribution systems and newly … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #01 | Building regulations can foster quality management — the French example on building airtightness

QUALICHeCK Fact sheet #01: Building regulations can foster quality management — the French example on building airtightness

Fact sheet #01 describes how a quality management scheme has been introduced in the French energy regulation to encourage professionals to question their current practice and find effective solutions to improve building airtightness. The scheme allows successful applicants (mostly builders … Continue reading