Good practice in EPC assessment, certification, and use

PART OF QualDeEPC PROJECT

With this Green paper on good practice in EPC assessment, certification, and use, QualDeEPC provides further analysis, policy proposals and draft descriptions of tools on the seven areas identified by the project.

The QualDeEPC project aims to improve the practical implementation of the assessment, issuance, design, and use of Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) as well as their renovation recommendations, in Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, Latvia, Hungary, Spain, Sweden and beyond. With the Green paper on good practice in EPC assessment, certification, and use, QualDeEPC provides further analysis, policy proposals and draft descriptions of tools on the seven areas that the project has identified as its priorities for the development of enhanced EPC schemes in the Development Strategy Plan for the development of next-generation EPC schemes:

  1. Improving the recommendations for renovation provided on the EPCs towards deep energy renovation;
  2. Online tool for comparing EPC recommendations to deep energy renovation recommendations;
  3. Creating Deep Renovation Network Platforms;
  4. Regular mandatory EPC assessor training on assessment and recommendations required for certification/accreditation and registry;
  5. High user-friendliness of the EPC;
  6. Voluntary/mandatory advertising guidelines for EPCs;
  7. Improving compliance with the mandatory use of EPCs in real estate advertisements.

For each topic, the situations in the partner countries are evaluated, best practice examples are described and cross-national measures for improvements are suggested. The major outcomes at this stage are a text-based list of deep energy renovation recommendations, the concept for the online tool development, the concept for a Deep Renovation Network Platform, a universal, enhanced user-friendly EPC form template and background on the proposed content, a general policy proposal for regular mandatory training, and a general policy proposal for advertisement guidelines and for actions to improve the compliance with the mandatory use of EPCs in real estate advertisements.

Read the full Green paper here.