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Improving the compliance of Energy Performance Certificates and the quality of building works - QUALICHeCK Booklet

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This report, based on the results of the QUALICHeCK project,  confirms that, although a number of measures have been implemented to drive the market towards Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings, the concern for the compliance of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) -in line with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (Directive 2010/31/EU)- and building works has been superficial in many Member States. The non-compliance rates or the numerous quality of the works problems reported in this paper clearly support this statement. The report shows that there are also a number of approaches that have been developed to contain non-compliance, although these may be limited in terms of scope or impact.

 

The analysis in the report suggests that the development of effective compliance frameworks should be based around 6 key questions, bearing in mind at all steps the concern for barriers to innovation and societal support:

 

  1. What is the scope of the framework?
  2. At which level and on which basis should it be imposed?
  3. On which type of requirement should it be based, and which type of control should it foresee?
  4. What are the procedures to comply with?
  5. What are the procedures for identifying and handling non-compliance?
  6. How will it be implemented in practice?

 

The report gives practical information, including hints and pitfalls, to help framework developers address these key questions. While several aspects are common to EPC compliance and building works, there are also specificities highlighted in specific sections. It also discusses how to alleviate barriers to innovation which may arise in compliance frameworks. Finally, some hints are given to increase market acceptance of a compliance framework by strengthening societal support. This aspect is addressed in several parts, including in a specific section, given its key influence on the success of compliance approaches.

 

 

To download the report, please visit the relevant QUALICHeCK webpage at the link below.