Transnational comparison study on EU projects CEC5

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The transnational comparison study is an output of the CEC5 project.

Mobilisation of existing knowledge

The first important step for the further development of a common transnational standard of sustainable assessment of buildings is the transnational comparison study, carried out on 24 European/National projects selected by CEC5 Project Partners. Through a questionnaire, CEC5 investigated the knowledge about the different approaches and methods of energy and ecological assessment of buildings, to understand how and if the CEC5 project could be integrated/implemented.

Overview on 24 examined projects

  • 4Biomass - Exploitable biomass potential in EU and its respective trade. A core activity is an internationally aligned stakeholder dialogue.
  • Alp Energy - Capitalisation existing potentials for electricity production from renewable resources.
  • AlpHouse - Preservation and development of the cultural heritage of the Alpine Space and optimisation of energy efficiency and overall life-cycle costs of buildings and settlements.
  • ALPSTAR - Need for transnational, well-directed and cross-cutting action to effectively manage climate change in the Alps.
  • Coach Bio Energy - Practical promotion of biomass as an important source for the production of renewable energy.
  • Concerted Action EPDB III - Support of EU members states in the transposition and implementation of the requirements of EPBD and EPBD Recast directive which required all EU countries to enhance their building regulations and to introduce energy certification schemes for buildings.
  • Cyber Display - Encourage local authorities to publicly display energy and environmental performances of public buildings using the same energy label used for household appliances.
  • Educa RUE - Improve energy performance in building sector, in particular for educational building.
  • ENERBUILD - Strengthening SMEs in the building sector through latest technical know-how for craftsmen and architects and tools for public builders which act as decision guidance;
  • Energy Future - Promotion efficient use of energy sources, possibilities of energy savings in public buildings and utilisation of energy efficient technologies.
  • Energy Saving - Thermal insulation of buildings, fulfilment of recommended values, efficient use of energy sources and reaching energy savings in public buildings, when applying energy efficient technologies.
  • EnSURE - Development of transnational strategies to support the implementation of the EU goals for energy efficiency at local level.
  • ERP-Berlin Environmental Relief Programme Berlin - Collection of six different initiatives set up to improve the environment through an integrated approach.
  • Govern EE - Focus on inefficient energy consumption in the heating system of public buildings in general and historic buildings in particular.
  • KAPE Warsaw - Presentatoin of a proposal for requirements for energy efficiency and environmental criteria for public procurement procedures.
  • LOCSEE - Strengthen the capacity and knowledge of public sector dealing with the climate change in the SEE countries.
  • [1] - Development of a common European transparent building assessment methodology, complementing the existing ones, for planning and constructing sustainable buildings by means of an open approach and technical platform.
  • Rubires - Development and implementation of strategies for a higher use of renewable resources and gain added value to support the development of rural areas.
  • SEBE Sustainable and Innovative European Biogas Environment - Use of natural and renewable resources, especially in the field of biogas utilization; establish transnational co-operations and consortia which are able to pursue ideas and concepts outside.
  • STEP Sustainable Thermo-modernisation of Public Buildings - Improve the understanding of thermo-modernisation of public buildings in Poland, with the overall objective of increasing energy efficiency.
  • SUPERBUILDING - Study of the usefulness and potential of sustainability assessment and benchmarking methods in different stages and tasks of building processes.
  • Transboundary Geothermal Energy Resources - Using natural resources that are shared by different countries in a sustainable way.
  • TRAINREBUILD - A partnership of a highly representative group of organizations addresses the whole value chain of the building sector. It is focused on the energy renovation of existing housing.
  • VEA Protocol - The VEA protocol is structured in technical data sheets and attributes to each building a value in relation to its level of energy and environmental sustainability.

Key results

The projects analysed can provide some contributions to CEC5 project. We can highlight the following elements:

  • define clear rules for the assessment of buildings;
  • focus on all steps of development of a building: target setting, design, construction and tendering processes, building maintenance, renovation;
  • engage end users with the potential of Sustainable Buildings;
  • adopt methods for Sustainable Buildings requirement management;
  • mobilise of (integrated) Sustainable Buildings tools;
  • develop designers' competence and team working;
  • adaptation of CEC5 tool to different type of buildings and different climatic regions;
  • adaptation of CEC5 tool to buildings with contemporary presence of different activities;
  • verify with instruments and documentation (thermo-camera, pictures, certification, etc.), the compliance of as-build with designed;
  • for buildings in the Mediterranean area, valorisation of thermal inertia, and bioclimatic architecture;
  • evaluation in an easy/simplified way minor/smaller existing buildings, residential or not, on the base of the consumption (electricity, heating, water);