This report provides an overview of the main outcomes of the discussions that took place from 2013 to 2015 under the Concerted Action (CA) EPBD, on the issue of training and qualification of experts involved in the energy performance certification of buildings and the inspection of heating and air‐conditioning systems.
CA EPBD participants discussed the necessity of retraining those experts already authorised to issue Energy Performance Certificates (EPC), in order to tackle the new challenges that will come with the introduction of Nearly Zero‐ Energy Buildings (NZEB), and in order to assess effective approaches to training new experts. The training discussions were based on lessons learned since the beginning of the EPBD implementation, and took into account the conditions for new constructions, as well as renovation of existing buildings. In particular, the group considered the use of realistic energy saving estimations highly important during the process of preparing the recommendations for improvements to be included in the EPCs. Different areas of energy saving possibilities were considered to create a basis for co‐ordinated approaches to training and accreditation of experts. The CA EPBD also discussed the synergy between inspection (set in the EPBD) and energy audits (set in the Energy Efficiency Directive ‐ EED), including joint training of experts/inspectors for both objectives.
The CA EPBD is co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the European Union. The content of this report is included in the book “2016 – Implementing the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) Featuring Country Reports”, ISBN 978‐972‐8646‐32‐5, © ADENE 2015, which is available at www.epbd-ca.eu and www.buildup.eu.