Focus on data 'could improve energy efficiency take-up'
Not enough organisations are taking advantage of the information provided in Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to help boost their energy efficiency, according to a new study.
Business Green reports an investigation carried out by the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) has found that poor availability of data and an absence of quality control is stopping countries across Europe from taking full advantage of EPC initiatives.
EPCs are used to inform the owners or occupiers of a building of how much power the property consumes and which areas it can improve upon if it is to be made more energy efficient.
The measure has already been identified by leaders within the European Commission as key to helping the EU achieve a 30 per cent efficiency target by 2030, with commercial and residential structures being responsible for almost two-fifths (38 per cent) of the bloc's energy demand.
However, the BPIE has said that EPCs are widely being underused across the continent, highlighting that more needs to be done to include them when considering the next steps of any sustainability strategy.
"EPCs could be a transparent and easy tool for building owners and tenants, informing about the energy efficiency level of any building," said the organisation's executive director Oliver Rapf.
"Unfortunately, many member states have not yet been successful in implementing EPC systems which are reliable and gain the trust of people."
Mr Rapf added that one element many firms might be overlooking is a building that has a high EPC rating can see its value increase as a result, offering a financial incentive for owners to ensure they implement the measure.
Nevertheless, the BPIE said the blame for poor take-up largely lies with a lack of consistency in certification processes across Europe, suggesting the bloc needs a blanket policy approach if it is to reap the rewards, instead of relying on individual members states to impose their own regulations around the issue.
Posted by Simon Webster