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News Around Next-generation of Energy Performance Assessment and Certification
March 2022
The crossCert Project

Towards reliable, practical, and people-centred European energy performance certification of buildings.

The crossCert project is based on knowledge exchange between European stakeholders on existing and new  Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) in several Member States. This exchange includes extensive cross-certification between European countries and the establishment of an internet-based EPC Knowledge Exchange Centre.

crossCert is a Horizon 2020 project creating a product testing methodology for the new energy performance certificate of buildings approaches. The crossCert Consortium:

  1. is cross-testing among energy authorities current Energy Performance Certificates and the new approaches/concepts/initiatives, using more than 140 buildings in 10 European countries, and creating a public benchmarking repository of test cases.
  2. Compares and analyses the results between different approaches.
  3. Elaborates policy recommendations, which include potential improvements on the accuracy, usability and harmonisation.
  4. Engages networks and alliances for analysis and for outreach.

All project partners recommend procedures and guidelines to ensure the quality and value of the new EPCs and that they meet the new EU requirements. This process consists of assessing the new EPC against indicators such as accuracy, data integration, replicability, understandability, verifiability or data use. A methodology is developed to assess these indicators in a quantifiable way.

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Understanding EPC assessment and certification from the people-centred aspects of EPCs and services

This report provides a fresh perspective on understanding energy performance certificates (EPCs) from a people-centred perspective. More specifically, it provides a framework for people-centred research of all EPC related things, with a specific focus on how policies are translated into practice through interaction between people, and on the elements of EPC assessment and certification service and its products (the EPCs).

The essential features of the framework include tables for specification of key EPC
stakeholders, tables for mapping of EPC journeys, and a structure for the development of specific use

A Decision Support Tool to Prioritise Energy Interventions in Public Buildings

PrioritEE (2017-2019) was an INTERREG-MED project to strengthen the policy-making and strategic planning competences of local and regional authorities in the field of energy management of public buildings in five Mediterranean countries: Italy, Portugal, Spain, Greece and Croatia.

This objective is pursued by improving knowledge on the energy status of local buildings by developing a dynamic and collective toolkit aimed at identifying the optimal set of measures to reduce energy consumption, improve building efficiency and promote appropriate energy consumption behaviour. The same objective is currently being pursued in the ongoing Interreg MED project PrioritEE PLUS (2021-2022), which builds on the PrioritEE project. It involves improving the key component of the PrioritEE toolbox, the Decision Support Tool, and transferring it to local authorities in new areas in Italy, Portugal and Spain through a structured capacity building programme.


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ETP and H+C Zero Network Webinar

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) have been a core component of building energy efficiency across Europe for nearly 20 years. In Scotland and the rest of the UK, current and future targets for our building stock are closely aligned with EPC ratings.


As we move to more challenging carbon targets, faced with different decarbonised heating solutions but with a new range of tools at our disposal for mapping out a low-carbon future, this seminar will provide a snapshot of where we are. Specifically, noting the success and ubiquity of EPCs in historical initiatives for energy efficient buildings, how might these approaches evolve to face new challenges?


This presentation will cover the current policy landscape in Scotland and the rest of the UK, the overarching framework supporting EPCs, and some of the latest research from across Europe that is hinting at where we might go next.

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The Next Generation EPC-Cluster

crossCert collaborates with 10 other Horizon 2020 projects as well as Interreg projects to enhance the development of next generation EPCs. The projects in the Next Generation EPC-Cluster are in continuous cooperation with each other, from non-disclosed expert workshops to discuss outcomes together and share knowledge, to open events where all projects are presented together to send a stronger message to the all stakeholders.

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The first Project Leaflet is here!

We summarized the project for you in our first informational leaflet.

In this Leaflet you can find out, what the project aims to achieve, what methodology we will use and what results we want to provide in full detail.

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CrossCert This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement 101033778. Views are our own.