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Revamped BUILD UP and findings from Concerted Action EPBD

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The BUILD UP portal for energy efficient buildings held an online webstreamed event to mark the launch of the improved website. Expert speakers presented the findings of the Concerted Action EPBD. This is the forum for 28 European Member States plus Norway to exchange best practices on implementing the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive in their countries.




14:30 CET Start


Welcome and Introduction | Peter WOUTERS, International Network for Information on Ventilation and Energy Performance (INIVE)


Collaboration to achieve Europe's energy goals | Paula REY GARCIA, Buildings Team Leader, European Commission DG Energy


The work of Concerted Action EPBD III | Eduardo MALDONADO, coordinator, Coordinator Concerted Action EPBD III


Certification: Overview and Outcomes | Susanne GEISSLER, Austrian Sustainable Building Council (ÖGNB)


Questions and Answers via Twitter and email | Moderated by Peter WOUTERS, INIVE


Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings | Heike ERHORN-KLUTTIG, Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics


Compliance and control of the EPBD in the EU | Wina ROELENS, ‎Flemish Energy Agency


Looking forward: the Concerted Action EPBD IV | Jens LAUSTSEN, Coordinator Concerted Action EPBD IV


Questions and Answers via Twitter and email | Moderated by Peter WOUTERS, INIVE


Using the BUILD UP portal to collaborate | Peter WOUTERS, INIVE


16:00 CET End

The speakers presented the key findings of the Concerted Action's work, and were available for answering questions sent via Twitter (using hashtag #askBuildup) or via email to





Peter Wouters is director for Development and Valorisation at the Belgian Building Research Institute and general manager of INIVE EEIG, the International Network for Information on Ventilation and Energy Performance. Since the start of the EPBD Concerted Action, he is in charge of internal and external communication.  He was till 2014 coordinator of BUILD UP and he is also coordinator of the EU QUALICHeCK project.

“Stay informed by regularly visiting BUILD UP”



Paula Rey García is head of the Buildings team in the energy efficiency unit of the European Commission, DG Energy. She joined the European Commission in 2005. Before dealing with buildings efficiency and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, she previously worked for the European Commission on energy efficiency policy and the Energy Efficiency Directive, as well as on health and consumer and on environmental policy issues in DG SANCO and in DG Environment. Prior to joining the Commission, she worked for five years at UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) in the capacity of Associate Liaison Officer, after having acquired experience as environmental consultant at one of the main consultancy firms in Spain. She began her career at the Spanish National Centre for Biotechnology in Madrid. She has a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM Spain) and a Masters in environmental policy and regulation at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE, UK), with distinction.



Full Professor at the University of Porto, Chair on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, since 1998. Researcher in the field of thermal sciences and energy efficiency in buildings and HVAC systems since 1975, with a special interest in the development of policies and regulations for improving energy efficiency in the building sector. Rapporteur of the 1990 and 2006 Portuguese energy efficiency regulations for buildings. Member of the EPBD Committee at the EC since its beginning. Coordinator of the European Concerted Action for the transposition and implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) during 2005-2015. 

“After 10 years of implementation, the successes of the EPBD, as well as its shortcomings, are quite clear. The upcoming revision of the EPBD should draw on the evidence collected by the Concerted Action to produce a more effective, realistic Directive.”



Susanne Geissler works with the Austrian Sustainable Building Council and is a consulting engineer in the field of environmental technologies. She has developed and managed numerous national projects, among others the development of the Austrian voluntary Green Building Assessment scheme, and has been involved in sustainable building projects on the European and international level, since 2013 also in Sub-Sahara Africa. She is a lecturer with the study program Renewable Urban Energy Systems of the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien. In EPBD Concerted Action III, she was the leader of the Core Theme Certification. 

“In the EPBD Concerted Action III, challenges and good examples have been compiled to tackle the clear trade-off between the demand for affordable EPCs on the one hand and the manifold purposes the EPC should or could serve on the other hand.“



Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Germany) holds a degree in civil engineering of the University of Stuttgart and is leader of the group ‘Buildings – Districts – Cities‘ at the Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics. Her work focuses on the development of energy concepts for nearly zero or plus energy houses and communities as well the energy-efficient retrofit of buildings and the simulation of building performances. Within the EPBD Concerted Action III she was the Assistant to the Leader of Core Theme ‘Towards 2020 – Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings‘. 

"Most Member States have laid out their detailed Nearly Zero-Energy Building definition in a legal document by now and the Concerted Action has compiled a collection of pilot projects from 20 countries.  A big challenge remaining is to transfer this energy performance level to the renovation of existing buildings."



Wina Roelens is an engineer-architect. She works on the energy performance of buildings since 2002. She is head of the energy performance of buildings requirements team in the Flemish Energy Agency. Her team is responsible for policy evaluation, policy implementation, development of methodology and software tools, support to the experts, accreditation of experts, compliance checking, quality control and enforcement of the energy performance requirements for new and renovated buildings in the Flemish Region of Belgium. She was core team leader of ‘compliance and control’ during EPBD Concerted Action III.

 “Unbiased monitoring of compliance rates is vital to determine the impact of the regulations implementing the EPBD. Most Member States still perform too weakly on these points. This must be a priority action area in the future.”



Jens Laustsen has a masters of Architecture and more than 25 years of professional experience with energy efficiency and energy savings in buildings. This experience has very different elements such as design and construction of buildings in private companies, work with legislation and programs for the Danish Government, work with research, collaboration and recommendations for the IEA and work with many different stakeholders and organisations. The key elements of the EPBD have been a red thread through all this work. Today Jens has his own company 2peach and he is the coordinator of the Concerted Action EPBD on behalf of the Danish Energy Agency.   

"The EPBD Concerted Action plays a central role in the implementation of the EPBD as it offers partners and key players a platform to share experiences, develop lessons learned and find solutions based on fast growing implementation practices in energy performance legislation in all member states.”