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Triggering mechanism and quality assurance instruments for increasing and improving housing energy saving renovation throughout the EU

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This paper presents a summary of the outcomes and findings from the EU IEE-funded REQUEST programme. The main activities within REQUEST are listed below

  • Inventory of existing best practices that encourage the uptake of EPC recommendations and improve quality standard
  • Development of the Efficiency Assistant, based on the inventory, giving an overview of tools and strategies that can be used to stimulate and encourage action on EPC recommendations
  • Development of a new replicable mechanism for quality assurance in the delivery of low carbon renovation
  • Piloting of the tools, techniques and quality assurance schemes in all 11 partner countries. The pilot projects heavily relied on the engagement of key actors in the partner countries, both on the supply and the demand side.
For the last two-and-a-half years the EU IEE-funded Request project on “Renovation through quality supply chains and energy performance certification standards” has been focussing on how to increase the uptake of energy saving retrofit measures for dwellings by strengthening the role of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) as a trigger to action. The project claims that linking EPCs to wider policy programs, financial support programs and training and information campaigns can significantly increase the number and the quality of energy saving renovations. Strategic guidance and practical support tools are now available through Request to assist policy makers and practitioners to design and deliver programmes that enable and drive action on EPCs. See REQUEST website.

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