Both policy makers and the construction industry are confronted with a range of challenges and opportunities when it comes to reducing energy consumption and increasing the use of renewables.
The construction sector has great potential to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions, in line with the climate targets as set out in the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015. Clear and consistent policy targets play an important role in driving innovation in the construction sector.
During the past 5 years, a high number of experts from many countries worked closely together to develop a coherent set of standardized methods to determine the energy performance of a building (EPB). This set enables the calculation and inspection of the overall energy performance level of a building or building design. As such, this set of methods is a key instrument to set and evaluate the national and international policy targets.
The set of EPB standards takes into account the impact of thermal insulation, air tightness, passive and active solar energy and daylighting, heating, ventilation, cooling, hot water and lighting systems. Additionally the set of EPB standards includes the effect of control and automation equipment and the dynamic climatic conditions and user patterns. This is called a “holistic” or “systemic” approach and is now available as CEN (European) standards and partly also already at global level (ISO). Altogether, this is known as “the set of EPB standards”. On the global level it is emerging as the ISO 52000 series.
Now is the time to further implement the set on national and regional level and we are here to provide support.
We aim to provide support for a vast variety of stakeholders, including:
- - Construction project managers, technical and financial services providers, contractors and subcontractor;
- - Material and equipment suppliers, designers, consultants, clients and end users;
- - National and local governments, public utilities;
- - Energy agencies, energy service providers and inspection organizations;
- - Technical research institutes and industry associations.
The EPB Center’s activities require support, in terms of both expertise and funding, which could be obtained by contributions from industries, institutes and e.g. stakeholder organizations.
Other and more specific activities are envisaged e.g. via partnerships in relevant international research and demonstration or policy related projects.
Stakeholders are mainly the European Institutions, European and other international branch organizations for e.g. construction products, thermal insulation, windows & facades, heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting, solar and BAC/BMS products and systems, but also software manufacturers, industries, property developers, consulting engineers, consumers, to name a few.