As first step towards the national application of the nearly zero-energy building definition of the EPBD recast, the CA has developed an overview of the used terms for high performance buildings, the built examples and the applied definitions. Member States representatives also informed about national incentive programmes for high performance buildings.
The price of energy performance certificates
The CA conducted a study on the price of energy performance certificates in Member States. Identification of factors that most influence the price can help the practical implementation of building energy certification schemes. It can be concluded that the price of certification depends mainly on the cost of the work of the expert and is defined, for the majority of MS, by market conditions.
One of the main provisions in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2002/91/EC is the development of certification of buildings, in order to make energy consumption levels visible to owners, tenants and users, and to raise the awareness on energy efficiency whenever a building is constructed, sold or newly rented out. Lack of quality can destroy the credibility of the certification system and lead to problems within official acts and with compliance with the legal national requirements. In order to implement certificates as a meaningful and reliable source of information, numerous countries have decided to implement a quality assurance system for the Energy Performance Certificates. A review of the national approaches can be found in the report.
Cost effectiveness is a key issue for inspections, in view of the additional requirements introduced by the EPBD Recast. It is essential to carefully consider the role and behaviour of the relevant market actors (building owners and maintenance staff) to reach the objective of ensuring good maintenance while maximising energy savings and minimising investments, to improve energy efficiency in heating and cooling systems.