Dynamic next-generation digital EPCs for improved quality and user awareness

The ambition of the H2020 project D^2EPC is to lay the foundations for the next generation of dynamic energy performance certificates (EPCs) for buildings and to promote energy-conscious behavior among users.
EPCs are also known as Energy Labels. There is often a big difference between the theoretical consumption according to the issued energy label and the actual consumption. In other countries, for example, the energy label is already based on actual consumption.

Monitoring energy consumption

Because buildings are getting smarter, we can monitor energy consumption more easily and more often. The proposed frameworks provide a basis for the smart readiness level of the buildings and the associated infrastructure for data collection and management systems.

We focus on operational data and use the "digital twin" concept to promote the application of BIM (Building Information Modelling), calculate a new set of energy, environmental, financial and human well-being indicators and thus the EPC classification of the building in question. The proposed indicators make the dynamic EPCs a realistic, accurate and comprehensive tool, which can lead the transformation of the European building stock into energy-neutral buildings and stimulate energy-efficient behavioural change of building users.

Digital platform

For this purpose, D^2EPC proposes a digital platform that enables the issuance and update of new EPCs on a regular basis, integrates a GIS environment and also provides value-added services, including user-oriented recommendations for energy renovation, benchmarking and building performance forecasts and performance control services. The proposed scheme will contribute to the redefinition of EPC-related policies and to the updating of current standards, together with guidelines for their implementation, and will introduce incentive and mitigation practices into the basic idea of the EPC. Additional benefits include increased user awareness and involvement in building energy efficiency, simplified planning and decision-making at local and regional policy level. To achieve the above, the D^ 2EPC framework will be demonstrated in 6 locations, while the 12 partners from 7 European countries will work together over the 36 months of the project's life.

The new knowledge and tools are interesting for all parties who own and or manage real estate and want to save energy and therefore save money or make their real estate more sustainable.

Website: D2EPC.eu

Twitter: @D2Epc

LinkedIn: /d2epc

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