08 February 2019
Building energy standards and labelling is a key policy that helps accelerating the shift from conventional buildings towards sustainable low to ultra-low energy buildings. A multitude of lessons can be learned from European experiences for their development and implementation.
A new report of SusBuild provides an overview of mandatory and voluntary building energy standards and labelling at the European level and in three European countries. Firstly, the report presents the mandatory measure, European energy performance certificate (EPC), in details, covering the implementation, costs of certificates, compliance and penalties, inspection and monitoring, and required expert competence and training. In the second part, considering the aspects mentioned above, the report illustrates the implementation of EPC at country level with the examples of Sweden’s Boverket Building Regulations, Germany’s Energy Conservation Ordinance and Spain’s Technical Energy Code. In the third part, the report collects various 3rd party (voluntary) standards and labels such as Passive House Standard, KfW Efficiency House, Active House and MINERGIE. Their technical and energy requirements, materials and technologies, and certification process are described. These standards and labeling system presented are crucial for systematically driving the entire building supply chain towards sustainable development and for driving MSMEs to take up sustainable building practices.
The report can be downloaded from our Library.