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 #28 | Voluntary Green Building assessment paves the way for better as-built quality

The work on the Austrian voluntary green building assessment scheme called TQB (Total Quality Building) started at the end of the 1990ies, responding to a serious problem: Quite often, building designs optimised in terms of sustainability including energy efficiency and … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #27 | The Austrian building certification system IBO OEKOPASS

The IBO OEKOPASS is an Austrian building certification system specially developed for new residential complexes (multi-unit residential buildings). It aims at voluntarily showing proof of building quality on the basis of building energy efficiency, ecology and indoor comfort principles as … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #24 | EPC database and control system for compliant EPC input data in Sweden

The Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) database is a precondition for the implementation of an effective control system which is needed to ensure and enforce EPC compliance. This fact sheet describes the data entered in the Swedish EPC database, the automatic … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #22 | Scheme of vocational qualifications in Cyprus “I have the qualifications. I certify!”

The main objective of the Cypriot scheme of vocational qualifications “I have the qualifications. I certify!” is to develop human resources through the knowledge and skills of the individual and to certify professional qualifications. This also applies to the building … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #19 | QUALICHECK Study Romania – Assessment of quality and compliance in the certification of energy performance of buildings

The QUALICHeCK study Romania investigated the quality and compliance of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) input data, based on analysis of EPC received in the central collection point and introduced in the structured database, as well as on the analysis of … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #16 | QUALICHECK Study France – compliance of regulatory and design studies on energy performance of new buildings

A regulatory calculation is mandatory in France in order to assess the energy performance of all new buildings. Although the comparison with a forecast calculation tool showed low differences, some improvements can be suggested. … Continue reading

FACT SHEET #12 | QUALICHeCK Study Austria – Assessment of EPC input data based on recalculation and on-site validation

The QUALICHeCK study Austria investigated the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) scheme applied for the allocation of energy efficiency subsidies in the region of Salzburg. The scheme is based on the rules and procedures of the building legislation but requires more … Continue reading