EU Experience

This capacity building phase of EPBD implementation has included the role of technical standards, RD&D projects, calculation methods, setting energy performance targets, software systems development, training and examinations, codes of conduct, registration systems, energy performance certification and database development and management.  The following three Position Papers focus on the elements and experiences in training, tools development, the roles of manufacturers of construction materials, equipment and services, and the role of RD&D programmes and activities.  The ultimate goal of this phase was to ensure the readiness of industry (and the authorities) to achieve compliance.

 No. Position Paper Indicative elements
1 Training, tools and resources for designers, specifiers, trades and regulators to assist compliance, including skills registration systems
  • Training specifications (training outcomes, pre-qualifications, trainers, facilities, materials etc.)
  • Training and accreditation of trainers
  • Training of designers and certifiers
  • Training of construction trades-persons
  • Examinations
  • Codes of Conduct
  • Registers/ databases of qualified persons
  • Training of assigned enforcers
  • Software tools for overall calculations and component calculations
  • Support documentation
  • Best practice guides on lighting, boilers, solar, etc.
  • Special issues, e.g. air leakage, thermal bridges, indoor air quality
  • On-line databases of energy efficiency products
  • Ongoing feedback training of the ‘supply chain’
2 Roles of manufacturers and suppliers of construction products and services
  • Supplier networks and alliances – materials, equipment, services
  • Addressing attitudes of building industry players to energy codes and certification
  • Consultative mechanisms with EU authorities
  • Research and product/ service innovation at national and EU level – for both newbuild and renovation
  • Certification of innovative products
  • Technical manuals and software support to specifiers
  • Training and ‘knowledge centres’
  • Campaigning role and published studies to highlight awareness and benefits
3 Role of research, development and demonstration (RD&D) programmes
  • EU programmes – scale and content, collaborative projects
  • National programmes
  • The pathway – from concept to full commercialisation
  • Industry product and service developments
  • Construction industry practicalities
  • Certification of innovative products
  • Roles – tackling market barriers, supply chain issues, sectoral initiatives – skills, tools, financing, promotion
  • Examples of demonstration projects
  • Other project examples