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 #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 #30 | Critical situations on the construction site and ideas for quality assurance procedures: The German perspective

The outcomes of the EU IEE project QUALICHeCK with a focus on improved quality on the construction site were mirrored in a dedicated workshop with 15 research experts in the field of energy efficient new buildings, renovations and energy efficient … 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

WEBINAR #10 | Ventilative cooling potential and compliance — Status and perspectives in Spain and Germany

1 December 2016 Ventilative cooling—i.e., the use of natural or mechanical ventilation strategies to cool indoor spaces—can be very effective to reduce the cooling energy demand in buildings, under summer or mid-season conditions. This webinar is part of a broader … 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