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Terms and definitions for high performance buildings used in the EU Member States As first step towards the national application of the nearly zero-energy building definition of the EPBD recast, the CA has developed an overview of the used terms for high performance buildings, the built examples and the applied definitions. Member States representatives also informed about national incentive programmes for high performance buildings. The price of energy performance certificates The CA conducted a study on the price of energy performance certificates in Member States. Identification of factors that most influence the price can help the practical implementation of building energy certification schemes. It can be concluded that the price of certification depends mainly on the cost of the work of the expert and is defined, for the majority of MS, by market conditions. Quality assurance for energy performance certificates One of the main provisions in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2002/91/EC is the...

A CONTRIBUTION FROM THE CA TOWARDS THE COST-OPTIMAL REGULATION THAT THE EC WILL PUBLISH DURING THE SUMMER 2011 IS NOW AVAILABLE The CA conducted a study on experiences and challenges for setting cost optimal levels for energy performance requirements. The results were used as input by the EU Commission in their work of establishing the Regulation on a comparative methodology framework for calculating cost optimal levels of minimum energy performance requirements. Click here to download....

On 13 April 2011, and as part of the EU Sustainable Energy week, a seminar was organised in Brussels by EACI, DG ENER and the Concerted Action EPBD. Click here for the programme. The following presentations can be downloaded: Dirk Brounen - 'Energy Labels and property values' Yamina Saheb (presentation missing) - 'Policy pathway for energy performance certification of buildings' Tom Halpin - 'Building Energy Rating in Ireland: Challenges and Achievements' Madis Laaniste - 'Implementation of a Building Energy Performance Certification Scheme in Estonia' Rod Janssen - 'Nearly zero-energy buildings: achieving the EU 2020 target' Ulrich Nyffenegger - 'Minergie: Cost-optimised way to nearly zero-energy buildings' David Juin - 'France: Towards nearly zero-energy buildings' Hans van Eck - 'National plan towards nearly zero-energy buildings in The Netherlands' During this event, the Concerted Action EPBD Book “IMPLEMENTING THE ENERGY PERFORMANCE OF BUILDINGS DIRECTIVE (EPBD) – FEATURING COUNTRY REPORTS 2010” was launched....