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Feasibility study EPBD Art. 19a - Final report

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Selection of policy options for inspections of stand-alone ventilation systems and analysis of related potential impacts

The publication, on 19 June 2018, of Directive 2018/844 amending Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings and Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency, represents the first major step towards the implementation of the Commission’s Clean Energy for all Europeans package.


Article 19a includes the requirement for the Commission to perform, before 2020, a feasibility study to clarify the possibilities and timeline for introducing two aspects in order to improve buildings’ energy performance:


  • the inspection of stand-alone ventilation systems and
  • an optional building renovation passport

This  technical  study  is  contracted  to  a  consortium  formed  by  INIVE  and  BPIE  who, together with a broad range of experts in the required fields, provide technical support to  the  Directorate-General for Energy of  the European Commission for investigating the different elements covered by the feasibility study mandated under Article 19a of the amended EPBD.


The objectives regarding inspection of stand-alone ventilation systems were to deliver:


  • an analysis of the stock of ventilation systems in EU buildings, including their technical characteristics, the distribution systems and foreseen evolution of the stock; a report previously published provides this analysis;
  • a review of existing regulations, schemes, guidelines and standards on the inspection of ventilation systems, and other relevant initiatives and projects, in the EU, and, where relevant, in other regions; a report previously published provides this review;
  • an investigation of the relevance and feasibility of further promotion of inspections of building stand-alone ventilation systems at the EU level and an exploration of the possible approaches to this end, including non-legislative and legislative measures.


The current report, prepared by INIVE-CETIAT, INIVE-BBRI and the University of Ghent, also relates to the third objective.


It provides:


  • a detailed description of the most feasible and relevant approaches to the inspection of stand-alone systems at EU-level;
  • an analysis of their potential impacts towards 2030, 2040 and 2050.

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