New monitoring systems for uptake of EPC recommendations

Leader: Austria Energy Agency

Recent research on the use of Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) in the refurbishment market, show that there is little experience in monitoring the implementation of its recommendations in many countries. Monitoring is vital to provide insight about the current state of the housing stock and the potential for refurbishment to market actors and policy makers for their long term strategies beyond 2020.  We are trying to collect insight on uptake of recommendations of EPCs by analysing the existing systems and newly set up systems and by developing new approaches to its monitoring. This will develop the capacity of the project’s partners and other European agencies and governments that run EPC systems to:

  • Gather data on the uptake of EPC recommendations and, more widely, in the level of action on low energy refurbishment in the housing stock
  • Present the collected data in a way that is useful for central government policy makers
  • Make the data usable for other market actors - householders, landlords, suppliers, local government - through the hubs and new systems developed in the project.

In practical terms, monitoring EPC recommendations might result in a better knowledge of:

  • potential CO2 savings;
  • targeted energy levels,
  • which measures are undertaken;
  • where have subsidies been taken up.

The primary source for monitoring levels of activity of EPC recommendations will be national or regional EPC registers/databases which can be analyzed alongside records of subsidy schemes, building permits issued, public buildings database, etc.

Home Energy Check Tools

Leader: Energy Saving Trust

The Energy Saving Trust is responsible for the development of enhanced self-assessment tools for householders to have a better understanding of their homes, efficiency wise.  On the other hand, it will enable the development of "optimised information" that can form a model for how aggregated data can be presented in different, useful formats for each of the key market actors - landlords, local and regional government, investors, tradespeople.

Key objectives:

  • engage market actors (on both demand and supply side) to use data from EPCs
  • widen housing data criteria to comprise the opportunity of low carbon retrofit;
  • develop new tools and data frameworks and show how monitoring data can be deployed for different market actors - Tools or frameworks developed can function as standalone or be integrated into Hubs that partners are creating.

We will target two audiences:

  • householders/consumers
  • supply chain, investors and local authorities.

The impact of improved Home Energy Check tools will be evaluated through overall usage figures and a websurvey. The supply-chain information will be evaluated through stakeholder evaluation/validation workshops. 

The Energy Saving Trust evaluation expert (who is also in charge of evaluating the overall project) will co-ordinate gathering of evaluation data for this work package.