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IMproving energy Performance Assessments and Certification schemes by Tests (IMPACT)

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Building certification programmes can be more effectively put in place by overcoming barriers such as a lack of information and a lack of expertise, notably auditing skills. To overcome such hurdles and to make a real impact on energy consumption in buildings, every step along the certification process needs to be addressed. IMPACT set about conducting pilot tests in different countries in order to identify best practice, share experiences and produce recommendations for improvements to building certification schemes. These experiences were publicly aired in national and regional workshops and shared with the governmental institutions creating the building certification schemes in every country of the European Union.

Results

  • The pros and cons of pilot certification schemes were studied in six countries. To name just a few of the activities and results, a prototype certificate was tested in Germany, new labelling schemes for flats were proposed in Denmark and, in Spain, recommendations led to a decision by the Catalan authorities to develop simpler procedures.
  • Guidelines for good practice in energy performance certification of existing buildings are available. A brochure can be downloaded in 11 languages, covering essential steps for certification and acting as a reference for those countries which are still in the process of introducing certification schemes.
  • Wide spread dissemination and public consultation took place, with over 19 000 newsletters being sent out and 90 workshops held involving almost 4 000 participants.
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Lessons learned

  • The certification scheme tests have indicated that, in order to meet the giant need for auditor capacity, with the appropriate tools and training, craftsmen like chimney sweepers (Germany) and LAT (Lead-Asbetos-Termites) auditors can become qualified energy auditors. However special attention needs to be paid to support and train them in giving advice on improvements measures. Furthermore it was found that home-owners appreciate a personal elucidation of the certificate and advice on improveme
  • A practical energy performance certification scheme for flats has been developed and tested which can provide valuable lessons learnt for other countries.
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Ecofys b.v.
Netherlands
Contact point: 
Name: 
Arjan Visser
Tel: 
0031 30 2808 313
Name: 
Maarten Neelis
Tel: 
0031-30-2808324
Name: 
Mirjam Harmelink
Tel: 
+31 30 2808 495
Name: 
Menno Chang
Tel: 
0031-30-28084449
Name: 
Frank Zegers
Tel: 
0031 30 2808 313
Name: 
Suzanne Joosen
Tel: 
0031 30 2808357
Name: 
Giel Linthorst
Tel: 
0031 (0)30 2808322

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In brief

Duration:
01/01/2005 to 31/01/2007
Contract number: 
EISAV/EIE/04/161/2004

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