CT6 Smart Buildings

Articles 14 and 15 of the EPBD promote the use of Building Automation and Controls and of electronic monitoring in Technical Building Systems, and introduces in article 8a the Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI). The European Commission shall adopt a delegated act establishing an optional common European Union scheme for rating the smart readiness of buildings. In parallel, the Commission will also adopt an implementing act detailing the technical modalities for the effective implementation of this scheme.

A greater uptake of smart technologies is expected to lead to significant energy savings in a cost-effective way, while also helping to improve indoor comfort in a manner that enables the building to adjust to the needs of the user.

The concept of Smart Buildings is a new part of the EPBD. There is no commonly accepted definition of a Smart Building yet. Several initiatives, including the Smart Readiness Indicator studies supported by the European Commission, are working on this definition. CT6 will support the work lead by the European Commission and will contribute to develop a common understanding of the Smart Building concept. The team will follow and integrate the results of SRI-studies and will support the best way to implement it at the national level and look at the possible complementarities with the already existing tools (energy performance certification and inspection) as well as energy performance calculation procedures.

Smart services and building-automated related aspects are often already included in national energy performance calculation procedures. The team evaluates the aspects already covered in the existing national energy performance calculation procedures and the relevant European standards. To be properly taken into account, aspects such as groups of smart buildings, interconnectivity or integration of renewable energy in connection to smart grids, probably need to consider more than a single building.

Further support will be given to the continuous electronic monitoring of system performance, increased use of control systems and automatics, monitoring of technical building systems and overall consumption, including the information to building owners or managers, as well as smart metering in general.

Led by the Belgian Building Research Institute BBRI (Belgium) – Xavier Loncour