The revised Energy Performance of Building Directive has been just approved by the EU parliament, and in the coming weeks will be published in the Official Journal of the Union. In the meanwhile, we will give an insight on the main achievements promoted by the new EPBD!
One of the most innovative point is the introduction of a "smart readiness indicator" which will measure the buildings' capacity to use new technologies and electronic systems to adapt to the needs of the consumer, optimise its operation and interact with the grid. In this regard, from February 2017, a consortium of experts coordinated by Vito is working for set the framework for defining and evaluating the smart readiness indicator for new buildings.
It will be based on the analysis of the smart ready services available on a building. These smart services are focusing on optimization, interaction with occupants, interoperability and interaction with the energy grid. There will be a catalogue reporting all the services, and including all the functionality levels as well the assessment of their impacts on the building operation. Such impacts cover the aspects of energy savings on site, flexibility for the energy grid and storage, self-generation of energy, comfort, convenience, health, maintenance and fault prediction as well as information provided to the occupant.
The methodology is still in a fine-tuning phase and will be tested on a series of relevant case studies. At the moment, the interim report is available on the website, including the scope of the study, the market analysis concerning the smart services and the current methodology.
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