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Revision of the EPBD - What could change regarding the inspection of heating and air conditioning systems?

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In the European Commission's proposal for a revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, released on 30 November 2016, substantial changes are proposed as regards the inspection of heating and air conditioning systems.

 

The current EPBD requires that Member States establish a regular inspection of heating systems with boilers of more than 20 kW and of air conditioning systems of more than 12 kW. It also requires that systems with boilers of more than 100 kW undergo inspection at least every two years (for gas boilers, this period may be extended to four years).

 

In the revision proposed by the EC, the inspection of heating and air-conditioning systems would become a requirement only for non-residential buildings with a total primary energy use of over 250MWh per year, and for residential buildings with a centralised technical building system of a cumulated effective output of over 100 kW.

 

A draft amendment worked out by the European Parliament (24 April 2017) suggests to move this threshold down to 70 kW for heating systems and 12 kW for air-conditioning systems.

 

A position adopted by the Council on 26 June 2017, proposes to have in residential and non-residential buildings a requirement for inspection of heating and air conditioning systems with an effective rated output of over 70 kW.

 

In the current EPBD, Member States may opt for alternative measures to regular inspection, by ensuring advice to users concerning the replacement of boilers or air-conditioning systems, modifications to the system and solutions to assess its efficiency and appropriate size.

 

In the revision proposed by the EC, requirements to ensure that non-residential buildings are equipped with building automation and control systems, and that residential buildings are equipped with continuous electronic monitoring and effective control functionalities would be an alternative to regular inspection.

 

A draft amendment by the European Parliament (24 April 2017) proposes that buildings with energy performance contracting could be exempted from regular inspection.

 

A position adopted by the Council on 26 June 2017, proposes to keep also as alternative measures to regular inspection those described by the current EPBD (i.e. advice to users).    

 

The proposal for a revised EPBD released by the European Commission is being discussed by the European Parliament and the Council. The above information does not allow to predict what will ultimately be the requirements adopted in a revised EPBD.