Comparison of Building Certification and Energy Auditor Training in Europe

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Taking into account the importance of the EPBD Directive, the ENFORCE project has considered it useful to carry out a comparative analysis within the Member States involved in the project (Italy, Greece, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain as well as Austria), regarding the Directive implementation. In particular, this analysis referred to Energy Certification Assessor (ECA) training, ECA qualification and monitoring methods and tools, and citizen information initiatives concerning the various project Partners. The results of this comparative analysis provided us with the opportunity to highlight the Best Practices adopted in the various States, regarding the aforementioned topics, thus allowing interested Public authorities to focus on these issues and possibly adopt them in other EU Member States. In addition to Member States that are Project Partners, this study also involved Austria, where implementation of this Directive has reached an advanced stage, as occurs in other countries involved in the project. Comparative analysis has been carried out with the support of Adene (Portugal), Renael (Italy), ZRMK (Slovenia), common partners to the Enforce and Concerted Action EPBD. Important information has been gathered due to their cooperation, thus allowing the creation of extremely detailed National Reports for all countries involved in the project. Data have been collected in six National Reports, which have not only provided information on EPBD Directive implementation and the political strategies of each country, but have also included important details on what has actually been done on political, social, training and information levels, as well as the kind of results achieved and the demographic targets reached.
This European Report presents a comparative analysis of the certification market background in partner countries within the Mediterranean area, outlining the best practices for every kind of activity (information, training, monitoring, results achieved, etc.) carried out in each country. It is essential to improve or, in some cases, implement the building certification process in the field, with focus on main issues, such as:
• Energy auditor training and qualifications
• Incentives and subsidies
• Divulgation campaigns

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