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CROSS ASSESSMENT OF ENERGY CERTIFICATES IN EUROPE: CROSSCERT

Towards reliable, practical, and people-centred European energy performance certification of buildings.


News

This week, crossCert was represented by Norberto Fueyo at the CINEA Cross-Programme Buildings Clustering Meeting in Brussels. CINEA, the European… Read more

Next events

The 2024 Next Generation Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) Conference was organised in the greater context of the Energy Performance of Buildings… Read more

Resources of Past Events

Presentations of the Policy Conference

23. 05. 2024, Brussels, Belgium

Webinar: Upgrading EPCs for new challenges

Do all EU countries have to prepare for the same costs of the EPBD?

Energy Efficient Buildings: Next Generation Energy Performance Certificates

28/09/2022 | A crossCert powered NextGenEPC Cluster Event | Luxemburg

FEDARENE Energy Workshops

15/06/2022 | FEDARENE Energy Workshops | León, Spain

PrioritEE PLUS Final Conference

13/06/2022 | organised by PrioritEE PLUS | Tito Scalo, Italy and online

Latest Publications

Proposed harmonised verification framework for quality checking EPC outputs

The report focuses on examining critical aspects of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) assessments that influence quality control, aiming to standardize these processes across Europe.

Infographics: The EPC Journey

This Infographic will help you to get a better idea of what is implied in the process of obtaining an EPC, and it also shows the key aspects of EPCs (awareness raising, use, re-issuing).

Open Database for EPC Testing

This is an open database of building data for selected buildings in the EU and UK countries participating in crossCert.  This information can be used by third parties for testing and benchmarking Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)

Poster: Using the building certification methodology of another country: What have we learned?

This poster was presented at WSED summerizing the results of the cross-testing activities, focused on the experiment on building energy performance certificates (EPCs).

Cross-country comparison of format and nature of recommended improvements in different EPCs

This report summarises the recommendations in EPC documents across chosen European countries, focusing on those relevant to the crossCert project.

Analysis of the current integration of EPC data

This analysis focuses on the integration of EPCs in the Administration databases and aims to identify the current status of the existing databases and the barriers and challenges still to overcome to achieve fully interoperable and useful EPC databases across Europe.

CrossCert Benchmark Repository

The crossCert Building Repository provides complex essential building data for testing and validating EPC models. This repository provides the detailed information needed to develop building energy models.


How crossCert achieves its aims

The project is based on knowledge exchange between European stakeholders on existing and new EPCs in several Member States. This exchange includes extensive cross-certification between European countries and the establishment of an internet-based EPC Knowledge Exchange Centre. The partners recommend procedures and guidelines to ensure the quality and value of the new EPCs and that they meet the new EU requirements. This procedure consists of assessing the new EPC indicators (such as accuracy, data integration, replicability, understandability, verifiability or data use). A methodology is developed to assess them in a quantifiable way. The new EPC approaches are improved by analysing certification experiences and results and tested along existing and new EPCs.

Guidelines for the development of people-friendly EPC products and services integrate new (and evolving) EPC approaches and capacities for tailored application at the level of individual EU Member States. New procedures and features are recommended to achieve end-user acceptance of next-generation EPCs. To this end, both existing and future certification procedures are tested in more than 140 buildings in ten Member States.

Cross Assessment of Energy Certificates in Europe

CrossCert contributes to the success of the next-generation EPCs (Energy Performance Certificates) by elaborating and testing guidelines and recommendations that achieve:

  • Improved accuracy and usability of the certificate.
  • A people-centric design and satisfactory user experience.
  • Increased homogeneity across Europe.

This Horizon 2020 project creates a product testing methodology for the new energy performance certificate of buildings approaches. The crossCert project:

  1. is cross-testing among energy authorities current Energy Performance Certificates and the new approaches/concepts/initiatives, using more than 140 buildings in 10 European countries, and creating a public benchmarking repository of test cases.
  2. Compares and analyses the results between different approaches.
  3. Elaborates policy recommendations, which include potential improvements on the accuracy, usability and harmonisation.
  4. Engages networks and alliances for analysis and for outreach.

    Our results:

    • A public benchmark repository.
    • Technical guidelines for the next generation of EPCs.
    • Guidelines and tools for the exploitation of EPC data.
    • Guidelines for people-centred EPCs.
    • Recommendations for the harmonisation of next generation EPCs.
    • An EPC knowledge exchange centre. A web-based repository of information on EPC approaches.
    • An EPC community forum.