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First draft set of recommendations: Towards a second generation of CEN standards related to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)

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The first generation of CEN standards to support the EPBD were published in the years 2007-2008 and were implemented in many EU Member States "in a practical way", mixed with national procedures, boundary conditions and input data. The CENSE European project is preparing recommendations to CEN to develop a second generation of standards in the coming years. This CENSE report contains a draft set of conclusions and recommendations, based on feed back from and discussion with the target groups. This report will be updated in spring 2010 on the basis of new information and growing insight obtained from continued feed back from the Member States and other target groups.

The aim of the CENSE project (2007-2010) is to support the EU Member States (MS) and other target groups in achieving better awareness and more effective use of the European (CEN) standards that are related to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
The main activities in the project are to provide guidance on the standards, to collect comments and examples of good practice, so as to remove obstacles to implementation and to prepare recommendations to CEN.

The CEN standards to support the EPBD

The set of CEN (CEN-ISO) standards developed under the European Commission's mandate to CEN to support the EPBD were successively published in the years 2007-2008 and are currently either already being implemented or will soon (at least partially) be implemented in many EU Member States.
The initial time schedule for the development of these "first generation" standards was very short. Consequently, it should not come as a surprise that an update, a "second generation" of standards, is needed.

Questions to be addressed

- What remains to be done to realise the full potential of the standards-
- How to combine efforts to bring the standards to application-
The response via questionnaires and workshops prove that there is a wide interest by many target groups in Europe, comprising industry, professionals, standard writers, software companies, but also consumers' organisations.

This report has been translated in a number of other languages. See
http://www.iee-cense.eu/Feedback/Interim%20findings.aspx

A separate CENSE report has been published with both summarized and detailed information on the background, status and future of the CEN standards to support the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD): http://www.buildup.eu/publications/5892

See also the CENSE-website http://www.iee-cense.eu/Events%20and%20publications/Publications.aspx#A