standards

The developed standards reflect the requirements of the EPBD as given in the different articles and the annex. The procedures as given in the standards meet the essential requirements as set out by the EPBD. Note that the EPBD is an example of the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality: general principles are established at Community level, but the detailed implementation are left to Member States, thus allowing each Member State to choose the regime which corresponds best to its particular situation.
Post date: 29 Apr 2009
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Today most companies (consultants, manufacturers and contractors) work internationally. From their point of view it is preferable to have internationally accepted calculation methods and input data for the energy efficiency of buildings and building systems. European standards should therefore form the basis of any revision of national building codes. The IEE CENSE project (www.iee-cense.eu) will interact with all partners (building code writers, consultants, manufacturers, educational institutions, etc.).
Post date: 29 Apr 2009
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General
Post date: 29 Apr 2009
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Standards are copyright protected property of the publisher (CEN , ISO etc.) and not part of the public domain. Question submitted by: Dick van Dijk (TNO, The Netherlands) Anwered by: Dick van Dijk, TNO and Jaap Hogeling, ISSO (The Netherlands) Date: 2008/03/10
Post date: 29 Apr 2009
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In particular in the context of building regulations it is essential that a prescribed method is verifiable and legally secure and that there is consensus on the procedures. Therefore, transparency, robustness and reproducibility are important quality aspects which may hinder the choice of a detailed simulation tool. An overview of advantages and disadvantages of different types of methods, depending on the application, is given in the Buildings Platform Information Paper P026 which can be downloaded from the BUILD UP Portal.
Post date: 29 Apr 2009
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The set of CEN-EPBD standards consists of 43 titles or parts and can be grouped as follows: The building physics standards, e.g. describing the calculation of heat transfer by transmission and ventilation, load and summer temperature, solar transmittance and the calculation of the energy need for heating and cooling of the building. In the second group there are standards on the description and properties (classification) of ventilation systems plus cooling and air conditioning systems.
Post date: 29 Apr 2009
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CEN/TR 15615 is not a standard, but a technical report and therefore the definitions (annex C) are not mandatory. However, most of the definitions are adopted also in the European standard EN 15603, which is one of the key standards in the set of standards to support the EPBD. It is intended that the annexes C and D of CEN/TR 15615 will form the basis of a future trilingual standard covering common definitions and symbols for energy calculations. Most Member States are planning to adopt the CEN standards in one way or another within a few years.
Post date: 29 Apr 2009
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It is a fact that in general most of the preparatory work in the Technical Committees and working groups in CEN is in English. The underlying documentation and the preliminary drafts are in English. When publishing a draft standard (prEN), it is up to DIN (German NSB) and AFNOR (French NSB) to decide if they want to translate and provide CEN with a German or French version. The time schedules allow for 2 months to make this translation available. It is up to the so called National Standards Bodies (NSBs) to decide if other national language versions will be produced.
Post date: 29 Apr 2009
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If an ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standard is also an EN ISO standard, then it is a European standard just like any other EN (European) standard. As illustrated in several CENSE Information Papers, e.g. P92 or P94, a CEN standard to support the EPBD is one of a series of standards, which are mutually related and serve particular European (EPBD) needs; in particular: which are meant to be applied in the context of national building regulations.
Post date: 19 Feb 2009
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Yes, but some of the required input data may not be available at reasonable costs. For those cases default values may be provided at national level, e.g. as function of type and age of construction. Question submitted by: Dick van Dijk (TNO, The Netherlands) Anwered by: Dick van Dijk, TNO and Brian Anderson, BRE (UK) Date: 19/02/2009
Post date: 19 Feb 2009
Type: Ask the Experts