Towards a new generation of user-centred Energy Performance Assessment and Certification

The European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive requires updating and maximum harmonization of the methodologies for certification of buildings in the different EU Member States and the introduction of a new generation of energy performance certificates. The main objectives are to reflect the changes related to the introduction of new technologies and requirements, as well as to achieve greater comparability of building assessments reflected in certificates in different countries. 

The U-Cert project, supported by the European commission under the Horizon 2020 programme, proposes a methodology for international energy performance assessment in line with the new standards in the EN ISO 52000 group and a set of indicators suitable for the new generation certificates. Among the leading partners in the project are EPB Center – contractors untder the mandate M/480 of the EC for the development of the group of standards, the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Associations (REHVA) and 14 other European professional organizations from a total of 10 countries.

The main objective of U-CERT is to support the introduction of the next generation of consumer-oriented energy performance certification schemes to assess buildings in a comprehensive and cost-effective way. The proposed methodology for energy performance assessment and a group of indicators aims to facilitate the convergence of quality and reliability of national certification schemes by enabling a neutral approach to be applied that transparently represents national and regional choices on a comparable basis, using the approach in Annexes A and B of the standards. In addition, the project promotes and implements some comprehensive innovative consumer-oriented solutions, including the Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) of buildings.

See also: https://u-certproject.eu/  and https://www.facebook.com/ucertproject 


This project has received funding from the European Union's HORIZON 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 839937.