Impact, compliance and control of legislation - Collection of the 14 country reports and 4 synthesis reports

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This document includes the collection of the 14 country reports and 4 synthesis reports (P166-P184) presented at the "International Workshop on Impact, compliance and control of energy legislations" (Brussels, Belgium 1 & 2 September 2009). This workshop was the third of a series of four workshops co-organised by AIVC and ASIEPI. It has included a series of well structured country presentations, the view of various European associations, synthesis presentations and a panel discussion.

More specifically, the workshop has focused on the following issues :
- Evaluation of impact of national EPBD implementation on severity of requirements,
- Overview to what extent the implementation of the EPBD by the individual MS did result in more severe requirements in terms of energy efficiency and indoor climate specifications AND whether there is/has been a widening of the type of requirements (other buildings, more global requirements, indoor climate requirements, …),
- Evaluation of handling of compliance and control in the different Member States,
- Overview about the direct and indirect market mechanisms contributing to respect of the regulations for new and existing buildings (excluding inspection issues):

- direct market mechanisms: e.g. handling of control by the responsible authority, inspections organised by the energy agencies of the MS, possibility (and use) of sanctions by government in case of non-compliance, …

- indirect market mechanisms: e.g. in some countries the market is organised as such that the role of specialised consultancy firms is important, that the large size of projects results in a better compliance, in other countries may the requirements by insurance companies result in more attention for energy regulations, also financial schemes (subsidies, fiscal deduction,…) may stimulate a better compliance,…
Based on a collection of information from the ASIEPI partners, pros and cons of the different approaches have been presented. This evaluation could be a major reference for the EC and MS when evaluating possibilities (and barriers) for obtaining better compliance with regulations.
The country reports and the synthesis report presented in this document are based on the information collected during the workshop.

Disclaimer: These country and synthesis report reflect the view of the persons/institutions that have prepared them, but might be not in line with the official position of the Member States.