While it is not compulsory under EU legislation to establish a centralised Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) register, almost all Member States gone beyond the obligations and set up systems to collect this data. In most cases, the main motivation for creation of such register, beside buildings data collection per se, was to support the quality control of the energy certification processes required by the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.
The first Member States to set up a database for EPC’s were Austria, in 2005, Bulgaria (2005), Denmark (2006), and Belgium – Flanders (2006). In 2011, there were 15 Member States with operational EPC registers. In 2014, the number had increased to 24 countries, with Poland, Latvia, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic preparing to launch their EPC registers.
EPC registers across Europe, in 2014