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EPBD Recommednations: The Importance of Inspections

With the new Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) adopted in June, it is now up to Member States to make it a reality in their respective national legislation. While the Directive is ambitious and provides a unique opportunity to make Europe’s ageing building stock cleaner, smarter, and more efficient, there is one tool that will be absolutely necessary for this Directive to be successful – inspections.

During the Installers’ Summit on the 20 September in Stockholm, AIE and GCP Europe finalised a joint position paper that outlines the importance of inspections for the EPBD.

With greater digitalisation of buildings, it is assumed in this legislation that digital solutions, such as Building Automation Control Systems (BACS), will at least partially replace the need for inspections as devices will be able to foresee, detect and address possible sub-optimal functioning or misfunctioning. However, the BACS on the market today still lack the ability to fully complete this self-inspection function, and thus regular inspections are necessary to benefit from digitalisation throughout the whole life-time of the applications.

Moreover, as the usage of buildings change overtime and as the needs and behaviours of the occupants evolve after continuous use, inspections are necessary for experts to provide guidance to building managers on how to best adapt their installations to maximise energy savings and meet their needs. As new technologies are added onto older installations, the case for inspections becomes even more significant as the risk of high strain on installations may lead to safety issues.

To maintain high safety standards and ensure that Europe’s building stock is based on high quality and sustainable installations as building technologies evolve in accordance to the EPBD, regular inspections are really a no-brainer.

As installers are the ones on the ground with expert knowledge of the life cycle of building installations, AIE and GCP Europe members are at full disposal to support Member States in developing and implementing inspection policies fit for their national context.

Read the full position paper here.

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