FACT SHEET #54 | Ductwork airtightness in France: regulatory context, contol procedures, results

Ductwork airtightness is an input parameter in the French energy performance calculation method for new buildings (RT 2012) which influences the energy performance rating. If the ductwork airtightness class used in the calculation is better than the default value (2.5*class … Continue reading

New Study Report | France – Compliance of regulatory and design studies on energy performance of new buildings (New field study/2016)

Since 2013, all new buildings in France are subject to an energy performance testing according to the regulatory calculation RT2012. The calculation uses various assumptions, concerning e.g. occupancy, temperature set point value and others, in order to position the building … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #51 | Increasing the expertise of building professionals for a better quality of construction: the French programme PACTE

The quality of construction in France can still be improved, especially for high energy efficiency buildings. National programmes have been implemented. The national programme PACTE aims at increasing the expertise of building professionals through a series of dedicated actions. This … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #45 | The Effinergie approach to ease transitions to new regulatory requirements

Since 2006, the Effinergie certification has been a major market driver in France for energy efficiency initiatives in all building types, new and renovated. It has been a laboratory for the 2012 energy regulation in France, for instance, for the … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #42 | Selecting EPC input data for HVAC systems: a series of French guidance sheets

Because of the relative complexity of the French method for calculating the energy performance of new buildings, the selection of input data for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems can be a challenge without any guidance. In this context, Uniclima … 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 #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