FACT SHEET #46 | Default values in energy performance of buildings standards

The set of European standards supporting the implementation of the 2010 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive should be publicly available in 2017. It includes informative default values in annexes, with the dual purpose to make the standards “ready-to-use” and to … 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 #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 #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 #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 #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