WP1: Foundations for next generation dynamic EPCs (dEPCs): Identifying challenges, needs and opportunities

  • D1.1: Comparative assessment of current EPC schemes and relevant emerging performance paradigms v1

    Due date: 31/12/2020 - Task leader: FRC

    Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are a mandatory requirement in the Member States when constructing, selling, or renting a building. This report identifies the methodologies currently used for the issuance of EPCs on a European level, explores the technological and market conditions where D^2EPC will be realized, as well as investigates the challenges of current EPC schemes.

    The methodology followed in this report consists of field research committed as a set of statements with questions relevant to challenging matters of (i) EPCs issuing, quality and control, (ii) EPCs calculation software and tools, (iii) EPCs indicators, and (iv) Qualified experts competence and skills, and desk research committed as a set of statements with questions relevant to challenging matters of EPCs. Concerning the field research, the extraction and circulation of a questionnaire to a list of stakeholders took place.

    The collective analysis of data for the specific features of EPCs revealed that among the twenty-seven (27) EU Member States, fourteen (14) have adopted the methodology exclusively based on calculated energy consumption. Penalties are rare and are mainly addressed to energy auditors. Based on the research of this report, it was revealed that the majority of EU countries do not employ by any means BIM documentation and literacy or digital logbooks for the issuance of EPCs. There is no provision, national requirement, or legal obligation of a Building Management System (BMS) existence in connection with the operational EPCs, and in most of the EU Member States information related to Geographic Information System (GIS) is not included in the EPCs, and consequently, it is not exploited for issuing, validating, monitoring, and verification processes of the EPC calculation. Additionally, analysis across the EU Member States revealed that energy-related financial indicators, as well as environmental/LCA related financial indicators, are not found to be included in current EPCs schemes and procedures in any EU Member State. Although provisions for indoor environmental quality are set in EPCs, there are not covered in current EPC regimes and are not included in the calculation procedure for certification of EU countries. There is no existence of a database describing the energy efficiency features of the building stock as a whole. One-third of EU countries do not have provision for systematic and regular evaluation/assessment of energy assessor’s competence and skills.

  • D1.2: Next-generation EPC's user and stakeholder requirements & market needs v1

    Due date: 31/01/2021 - Task leader: CLEO

    Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are important instruments for the enhancement of the energy performance of buildings. Notwithstanding the positive contribution that current EPCs have had on improving the energy performance of buildings, experience has unveiled a number of constraints and limitations. There is a need for a holistic framework for strengthening and improving the quality and application of EPCs, by introducing novel and cost-effective approaches of assessing the energy performance of building envelope and systems. This report aims to identify current drawbacks of EPCs and future trends of the market and relevant stakeholders. The results of this research are anticipated to identify the needs and requirements for the successful implementation of next generation EPCs.

    The report followed two types of methodologies including desk research and field research. The desk research committed as a set of statements with questions relevant to challenging matters of (i), Efficiency of EPC methodologies, (ii) Potential EPC methodologies to overcome past drawbacks (iii) Efficiency of EPC data collection tools and procedures (iv), penalties and sanctions currently in force for EPC non-compliance (v) current EPC databases and access. The statements were answered with as a set of questions relevant to current and future challenging matters of EPCs. Concerning the field research, the circulation of two types of questionnaire was conducted according to the ‘Stakeholder identification and prioritization’ section to a list of stakeholders. The purpose of the field research was to identify current drawbacks and future trends of EPCs from the end-users and technical stakeholder’s perspective. The results of both desk and field research resulted to a set of challenges and recommendations for the next generation EPCs.

  • D1.3: Aspects of Next generation EPC’s definition v1

    Due date: 31/01/2021 - Task leader: KTU

    Based on this report's research, it was revealed that the majority of EU countries do not employ by any means BIM documentation and literacy or digital logbooks for the issuance of EPCs. Even though there is the provision of BIM (Building Information Modelling) documentation and digital logbooks in some countries, these are used as a source of information for the EPC assessment procedure or energy simulations.

    Based on the findings of this report, it can be stated that BIM is considering as a significant part of DT (Digital Twin) with semantically rich and geometrically accurate data, both BIM and DT concepts are applicable to increase efficiency in AECO (Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Operation) industry throughout different building life cycle stages, BIM users can benefit from the reduction of energy due to energy performance-related components: building system analysis and management; asset and space management; simulations on design and operation stages; better decisions for investments; reduction of operational costs (energy as well)

    The introduction of novel aspects in the certification process includes the smart-readiness level of the buildings, human comfort-related indicators, and environmental aspects (LCA).

 

WP2: Development of the Operational Framework for dEPC Schemes

 

WP3: Building digitalisation and inverse modelling for implementing next generation dEPCs

 

WP4: Digital Platform for Dynamic EPCs Issuance and Enabled Applications

 

WP5: Demonstration and Impact Assessment

 

WP6: Policy-related Implication for the enforcement of the next generation EPCs scheme

 

WP7: Project Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation

  • D7.1: Dissemination and Communication Plan v1

    Due date: 28/02/2021 - Task leader: SGS

    The deliverable D7.1, named Project Dissemination and Communication Plan and part of WP7, establishes a guideline about strategies, and work-flows for partners to follow when developing the activities related to communication in order to reach our target stakeholders and show them the benefits of the D^2EPC, and to ensure that D^2EPC outcomes are widely distributed to the appropriate target communities, at appropriate times, via appropriate channels in a fashion that can contribute to the sustainable use of its results.

    The overall objective of this strategy is to maximise the impact of the project’s activities and results among relevant stakeholders by leveraging on consortium multiplier networks and sustained interaction with key stakeholders. The European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme is aware that communication plays an important role in making sure a European project has a real and lasting impact. Besides, communication is important not only to ensure transparency and the exchange of knowledge but also to raise public awareness of the benefits of the projects financed by the European Union´s H2020 programme.

    This document describes in a non-exhaustive way how the project will approach communication to different target audiences, as well as the main channels and tools that will support this approach. It should be noted that this document can be revised and will be updated during the project’s lifetime in order to incorporate potential changes and amendments.

  • D7.2: Established internal and external communication channels and materials v1

    Due date: 31/12/2020 - Task leader: DMO

    This report describes the deliverable D7.2 “Established internal and external communication channels and materials v1”. It is part of task 7.2 “Communication & Dissemination Activities & Material’ and it summarizes the activities performed to establish the communication channels and protocols. Project communication includes dissemination materials for partners’ use when carrying out dissemination and communication activities. Additionally, it contains the corporate design, presentation and report templates to be used throughout the duration of the project.

    Deliverable D7.2 covers:
    - D^2EPC public website
    - D^2EPC SharePoint internal website for information sharing among the consortium partners
    - Access and instructions to use the SharePoint site 
    - Protocols for Content Management System (CMS) and updates of the public website
    - Setup and maintenance social media channels LinkedIn page, Twitter account and YouTube channel
    - D^2EPC logo and corporate design
    - D^2EPC presentation and document templates

 

WP8: Project Management & Coordination

  • D8.4: Data management plan v1 & ethics

    Due date: 28/02/2021 - Task leader: CERTH

    The present report is the deliverable D8.4 corresponding to the first version of the project’s Data Management Plan (DMP). Throughout the document, the initial versions of the produced datasets are presented along with the following information:
    - Type and short description of the datasets to be produced, collected and processed;
    - Management processes of research data during and after the realization of the project;
    - Standards and formats concerning the metadata; and
    - Information about data sharing, exploitation and preservation.

    In the light of the required information and considering the guidelines for reports related to “Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020”, an appropriate dataset template was created and sent to partners who are responsible for specific components and their corresponding produced datasets. In the second part of this report, the procedures that all consortium members will adhere to concering the ethics requirements are presented.

    The D^2EPC project will examine how effective the envisioned solution is by collecting and analysing data in six pilot sites in Greece, Germany, and Cyprus. It is noted that during the realization of the poject procedures, ethical concerns may be raised regarding the privacy and confidentiality of data collection and processing. Such critical issues that may emerge, are considered quite typical in the cases of ICT and IoT projects and initiatives. The D^2EPC consortium has paid full attention in such issues and structured for this purpose an ethical management plan and a pilot ethical methodology following both the European Union (EU) and national legislations. Furthermore, this approach enables secure data exchange among the project members. Further information on these sections is provided within the report.

 

Dissemination materials

Accessible and shareable pieces of information related to D^2EPC and made for interactions with audiences and stakeholders.

  • Newsletters

    Newsletters for the D^2EPC project.

  • Promotional materials

    Promotional materials for the D^2EPC project such as leaflets and brochures.

  • Videos

    Videos about the D^2EPC project.

 

Publications

Peer reviewed articles, book chapters, or conference presentations created and released by members of D^2EPC and focused on D^2EPC related work.