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Barriers and good practice examples identified during early implementation of the EPBD

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During the transposition and early stages of implementation of the EPB Directive into national practices, several issues appeared either as barriers, or as points for discussion. This paper, which is part of a study in the framework of the ASIEPI project funded by the Community’s Intelligent Energy Europe programme, aims to analyse the most common, or most critical of these discussion points for the implementation of the EPBD, in order to provide possible solutions and good practice examples for other countries.

This paper summarises a selection of some of the most common or most critical discussions and barriers for implementation of the EPBD and the solutions taken to resolve those in individual MS. The study is restricted to a specific set of such barriers or discussion points, since the actual list of issues in question may in fact have been quite long. The investigated issues concern:
› How countries are handling certification in the case of apartment buildings
› Whether control systems are taken into account in the standard calculation methods
› Whether energy saving measures that are under discussion in specific countries in terms of e.g. questioned efficiencies, or health and safety reasons, exist
› Whether energy efficiency technologies, such as mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, are common even against indoor quality
› Whether the results of a national method in one country are accepted in another country
› How the gap between theory and practice is being bridged
› How conflicting interests from national regulations are being dealt with
› Whether summer comfort is being promoted to the detriment of energy efficiency

Information Paper P181 of ASIEPI European project