Better data needed to manage our buildings

(EurActiv, 6 Dec 2021) Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have immense, as-yet untapped potential to help Europe decarbonise. But the methodology that underpins them must be revamped first, argues Adrian Joyce, who is calling for reform as part of the upcoming revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

Adrian Joyce is the director of the Renovate Europe Campaign.

The European Green Deal has achievable, necessary goals that aim to curb greenhouse gases, boost the number of green jobs and preserve economic growth. But some of the Green Deal’s benchmarks and – admittedly admirable – policies rely on assumptions and datasets that are too often based on diverse and sometimes divergent methodologies.

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) fall into this category.  EPCs can be instrumental in gathering the accurate, up-to-date numbers and metrics so desperately needed for the decarbonisation of our buildings.

With more and better data, public authorities will be better placed to track their progress on set targets, plan future renovation strategies based on identified gaps, and develop the needed social support schemes for those in need.

Homeowners and businesses will also be rewarded with a clearer picture of what needs to be done to future-proof their building to climate-neutral standards.

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EurActiv, 6 Dec 2021: Better data needed to manage our buildings