FACT SHEET #58 | Energy efficiency standards as drivers and barriers for innovation in the building sector

Compliance frameworks are important drivers for energy efficient buildings. However, sometimes they also pre-define solutions to a certain extent and therefore do not only steer but also hinder innovation in the built environment. This fact sheet compares five different energy … Continue reading

New Study Report | Austria – Assessment of EPC input data based on recalculation and on-site validation (New field study/2016)

In the federal province of Salzburg, the EPC is necessary in order to receive an energy-related subsidy, and the process follows a two-step procedure: to receive a construction permission, the planning EPC has to be issued and accepted by the … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #43 | baubook – easily accessible product information for EPC calculation provided by the Austrian database

Providing the necessary product data for calculating Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) is one of the main purposes of the Austrian baubook database. In addition, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) data and other information about building products are included into the database … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #41 | In view of revised EU-directives: dealing with renewable energy systems in the EPC of energy efficient buildings

Proposals for the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and Renewable Energy Directive demonstrate the crucial role of renewable energy systems in achieving a decarbonised economy. In view of new requirements for minimum levels of renewable energy use in buildings, … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #40 | Voluntary schemes as a pool of ideas for designing and improving EPC compliance frameworks: the BOILEFF quality assurance scheme

Checking Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and ensuring compliance is paramount for creating and maintaining trust in the EPC. The way of dealing with heating systems in the EPC and checking specific key parameters affects the energy performance indicators of buildings … Continue reading

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

REPORT | Overview of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) compliance, and quality issues on the ground – Summary of all collected data

In this report, QUALICHeCK gives an overview of the building energy performance related quality and compliance situation in 9 focus countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Greece, Romania, Spain and Sweden. A review of 31 existing studies dealing with measured … 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 #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