EPISCOPE

Intelligent Energy Europe Project "EPISCOPE"

Energy Performance Indicator Tracking Schemes
for the Continuous Optimisation of Refurbishment Processes
in European Housing Stocks

 

Project Overview - PDF Download: EPISCOPE-ProjectInformation.pdf


Abstract

During the past decades, Europe has been struggling to achieve its climate protection targets by implementing a series of measures in all energy consuming sectors. In the building sector, various instruments and policies have been applied by the Member States in their effort to comply with the EPBD and its recast. However, at present, there is poor evidence for the overall success of these measures. Data availability on the energy performance and the state of refurbishment of the national building stocks in many countries is rather limited, which affects the reliability of building stock models and scenario calculations as they are largely based on assumptions.

The strategic objective of the EPISCOPE project therefore is to make the energy refurbishment processes in the European housing sector more transparent and effective.

The conceptual framework will be based on the national residential building typologies developed during the IEE project TABULA (www.building-typology.eu). During the EPISCOPE project typology schemes from 6 additional countries as well as national interpretations of new buildings and Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs) will be included.

The main project activity will be to track the energy refurbishment progress of housing stock entireties of different scales. The implementation rate of different refurbishment measures will be determined and compared with those activities which are necessary to attain the relevant climate protection targets. In addition, it is intended to track the actual measured consumption after refurbishment as far as possible to verify the targeted savings.

 

 

EPISCOPE Idea

EPISCOPE aims to contribute to the continuous process of target-oriented building stock refurbishment. The focus is on building typologies, building stock monitoring and scenario analyses.

 

 

EPISCOPE Pilot Actions

EPISCOPE Pilot Actions on three scale levels

 

National building stock

7 pilot actions

Austria, England, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia

Regional building stock

2 pilot actions

Italy: Piedmont Region
Spain: Valencia Region

Municipalities / housing companies

5 pilot actions

Hungary: district in Budaörs (satellite city of Budapest),
Ireland: Dublin or large town,
Denmark: single family houses within town,
Belgium: small town district in Ghent,
Czech Republic: municipal facility management portfolio,
Cyprus: land development corporation housing portfolio,
France: housing company


Expected Project Results

  • National residential building typologies for 16 countries, including a classification scheme, showcase example buildings as well as building stock and supply system statistics. Apart from existing buildings and refurbishment measures, national interpretations of new buildings and Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs) will be considered.
  • Pilot actions in all participating countries on either local, regional or national level identifying and quantifying: refurbishment progress, current rates of refurbishment by measure type, actual compliance with renovation requirements, actual uptake of recommendations, conditions for insulation measures, conditions for installation of renewable energy supply, and consumption benchmarks.
  • Scenario calculations for the considered housing stocks and portfolios, identifying refurbishment state, achieved savings, building/system combinations and the necessary renovation rates to attain the defined targets. In case of non-compliance identification of fields where corrective actions are necessary to meet the targets with respect to refurbishment rates and actual consumption – involvement of key actors and stakeholders in the discussion of adequate measures.
  • A concerted set of energy performance indicators reflecting the energy refurbishment state of housing stock subgroups on different scales and enabling a comparison of trends and scenarios between different countries.
  • Recommendations for a regular monitoring by introducing the necessary energy performance indicators in energy certificate databases, representative surveys, census, heating or energy bills, strategic asset development, and energy management.

Project Partners

1 IWU Institute for Housing and Environment     Germany
2 BPIE Buildings Performance Institute Europe      
3 ZRMK Building and Civil Engineering Institute ZRMK     Slovenia
4 SBi Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University     Denmark
5 AEA Austrian Energy Agency     Austria
6 BRE Building Research Establishment Ltd     United Kingdom
7 NOA National Observatory of Athens     Greece
8 VITO Flemish Institute for Technological Research     Belgium
9 POLITO Politecnico di Torino - Department of Energy     Italy
10 STU-K STU-K     Czech Republic
11 Energy Action Energy Action Limited     Ireland
12 BME Budapest University of Technology and Economics     Hungary
13 IVE Valencian Institute of Building     Spain
14 CUT Cyprus University of Technology     Cyprus
15 DUT Delft University of Technology     Netherlands
16 Pouget Pouget Consultants     France
17 NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology     Norway

EPISCOPE Project Partners

1

IWU

Institute for Housing and Environment

 

Germany

2

BPIE

Buildings Performance Institute Europe       


Belgium

3

ZRMK

Building and Civil Engineering Institute ZRMK

 

Slovenia

4

SBi

Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University

 

Denmark

5

AEA

Austrian Energy Agency

 

Austria

6

BRE

Building Research Establishment Ltd

 

United Kingdom

7

NOA

National Observatory of Athens

 

Greece

8

VITO

Flemish Institute for Technological Research

 

Belgium

9

POLITO

Politecnico di Torino - Department of Energy

 

Italy

10

STU-K

STU-K

 

Czech Republic

11

Energy Action

Energy Action Limited

 

Ireland

12

BME

Budapest University of Technology and Economics

 

Hungary

13

IVE

Valencian Institute of Building

 

Spain

14

CUT

Cyprus University of Technology

 

Cyprus

15

DUT

Delft University of Technology

 

Netherlands

16

Pouget

Pouget Consultants

 

France

17

NTNU

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

 

Norway


Contact

Britta Stein
IWU - Institut Wohnen und Umwelt
(Institute for Housing and Environment)
Darmstadt / Germany
b.stein(at)iwu.de


Contract N°:  IEE/12/695/SI2.644739 – EPISCOPE

Project duration: April 2013 … March 2016