The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is the main legislative instrument at EU level to achieve energy performance in buildings. The EPBD (article 11-9) requires the Commission to adopt, in consultation with the relevant sectors, a voluntary common European Union certification scheme (VCS) for the energy performance of non-residential buildings.

Such a voluntary scheme for the non-residential sector should be developed in addition to the already existing mandatory national energy performance certificates.

Objective

The overall task of this project is to develop the VCS to be operational, including the work of the technical specifications, management and operational aspects, e.g. how the VCS will be monitored, the verification / compliance aspects and market surveillance wil...

The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is the main legislative instrument at EU level to achieve energy performance in buildings. The EPBD (article 11-9) requires the Commission to adopt, in consultation with the relevant sectors, a voluntary common European Union certification scheme (VCS) for the energy performance of non-residential buildings.

Such a voluntary scheme for the non-residential sector should be developed in addition to the already existing mandatory national energy performance certificates.

Objective

The overall task of this project is to develop the VCS to be operational, including the work of the technical specifications, management and operational aspects, e.g. how the VCS will be monitored, the verification / compliance aspects and market surveillance will be described.

The scheme will be designed as an energy module that can be voluntarily taken up:

  • by existing scheme providers like BREAM, LEED, DGNB, Passivhaus, HQE, Minergie or other providers as a component of a broader environmental certification scheme or as a stand-alone energy performance certification,
  • by the Member States, when deciding to make the VCS become the national mandatory scheme for their non-residential sector.

The system should be designed to achieve the highest possible market-uptake of the scheme among non-residential buildings in the EU.