The EPBD required Member States to set up certification schemes for buildings, to be fully implemented by 2009. Most countries have therefore already got systems in place for these topics since many years.
The major challenge for the CA EPBD now is to support the qualitative and full implementation of running certification systems, to ensure they achieve maximum impact – rather than to support their set up from scratch, which were key topics in the past.
Therefore, CT5 deals with certification of buildings, and mainly the quality of certification and control systems. The work to be performed has a special focus on monitoring, evaluating and improving the existing schemes.
Topics to be discussed in CT5 are aligned with the EPBD, and concern in particular articles dealing directly with Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and independent experts, i.e.:
• Article 11 – Energy Performance Certificates
• Article 12 – Issue of Energy Performance Certificates
• Article 13 – Display of Energy Performance Certificates
• Article 17 – Independent Experts
• Annex II on Independent Control Systems for Certification and Inspection.
Nevertheless, the relevance of EPCs and experts goes beyond the previously referred articles. This opens an opportunity to promote a much wider window of discussion which links with other articles of the EPBD. Having in mind all the topics that are closely linked to EPCs and experts, it is possible to identify additional areas which provide an opportunity for discussion, and extend beyond the basic functions of the EPCs, e.g.:
• setting EPC databases and using data;
• use of EPCs to promote and differentiate buildings;
• support building renovation strategies;
• link EPCs and data with financing;
• interoperability of databases to collect and share information;
• other topics…
In order to drive the discussions in CT5, three important pillars linked with EPCs and certifications schemes will be addressed:
1. Quality (inputs, outputs, data, methodologies, experts, …)
2. Visibility (awareness, communication, image, perception of EPCs, range, how EPCs call to action, advertising, …)
3. Usability (information, how triggers lead to action, choices made, interoperability, …).
At the end, it is expected that all participating Member States plus Norway will have the chance to collect new information to make a better use of EPC schemes and drive the transition in the buildings’ sector with the help of the outcomes from CA EPBD.
Led by the Portuguese Energy Agency ADENE (Portugal) – Rui Fragoso