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Developing a Smart Readiness Indicator for buildings: the final report commissioned by DG ENERGY

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This document summarizes the main conclusions of the technical study commissioned and supervised by the European Commission services (DG ENERGY) towards the development of a smart readiness indicator for buildings.

In the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) - which was published on 19 June 2018 - one of the focal points is to improve the realisation of this potential of Smart Ready Technologies (SRT) in the building sector. Therefore, the revised EPBD requires the development of a voluntary European scheme for rating the smart readiness of buildings: the “Smart Readiness Indicator” (SRI). The SRI aims at making the added value of building smartness more tangible for building users, owners, tenants and smart service providers. The indicator is intended to raise awareness about the benefits of smart technologies and ICT in buildings (from an energy perspective, in particular), motivate consumers to accelerate investments in smart building technologies and support the uptake of technology innovation in the building sector. The indicator can also improve policy linkages between energy, buildings and other policy segments, in particular in the ICT area, and thereby contribute to the integration of the buildings sector into future energy systems and markets.

The technical study was commissioned to support to the development and to proposes a methodological framework for the SRI and the definition of smart services. It is also provides a preliminary evaluation of potential impacts of the proposed indicator at the EU scale.

The study was conducted by a consortium of VITO, Waide Strategic Efficiency, Ecofys and OFFIS and finalised in August 2018.