QualDeEPC

The project QualDeEPC attempts to achieve a high-quality Energy Performance Assessment and Certification in Europe accelerating deep energy renovation.

QualDeEPC

The QualDeEPC project aims to improve the quality and cross-EU convergence of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) schemes, and the link between EPCs and deep renovation: High-quality Energy Performance Assessment and Certification in Europe Accelerating Deep Energy Renovation (QualDeEPC). The objective of the project is to improve the practical implementation of the assessment, issuance, design, and use of EPCs as well as their renovation recommendations, in the participating countries and beyond. Recommendations for renovation shall be made coherent with deep energy renovation towards a nearly-zero energy building stock by 2050.

To reach these objectives, the project will organise its activities in four stages:

  1. Analysis of existing EPC schemes, good practices, shortcomings, and priorities for improvement
  2. Development and testing of concrete proposals and tools for enhanced EPC assessment, certification and verification, as well as Deep Renovation Network Platforms
  3. Adaptation to country needs and implementation of consensus elements, and developing a roadmap for further dialogue and
  4. Sustainability Strategy and Conclusive policy recommendations, dialogue, and transfer.

Project partners will work to achieve consensus and implementation during the project for as many improvements as possible, seeking the cooperation of certification bodies, energy agencies, and other organisations. Some of these are project partners, many others agreed to support the project as associated partners. However, many potential improvements to EPC assessment, certification, and independent monitoring and verification will need an adaptation of standards, regulations, or even legislation. The QualDeEPC project will stimulate such changes by (1) intensive dialogue involving the important stakeholders at all levels from the very beginning in the above four project stages and (2) disseminating its findings among the relevant target audiences in Europe.

QualDeEPC and its 7 priorities

QualDeEPC project has identified 7 priorities for the development of enhanced EPC schemes:

  • A) Improving the recommendations for renovation, which are provided on the EPCs, towards deep energy renovation
  • B) Online tool for comparing EPC recommendations to deep energy renovation recommendations
  • C) Creating Deep Renovation Network Platforms
  • D) Regular mandatory EPC assessor training (on assessment and renovation recommendations) required for certification/accreditation and registry
  • E) High user-friendliness of the EPC
  • F) Voluntary/mandatory advertising guidelines for EPCs
  • G) Improving compliance with the mandatory use of EPCs in real estate advertisements

These priorities were reflected in every report and action of the project, guiding the work of the partners.

QualDeEPC’s 7 priorities

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 847100. The sole responsibility of this publication lies with the author. The European Union is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

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