Discussion on the potential impact of the energy certificate on existing housing: the UK as a case study

MM Sunikka

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    In 2003 the European Commission introduced the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) in recognition of the importance of energy savings in the urban housing stock. One of the key elements described in the Directive is the introduction of energy certificates in a property transaction. This article discusses the anticipated efficiency and effectiveness of the application of the energy certificate on the existing building stock in the UK. The thesis for discussion is that although energy certificates as a communication instrument for household appliances have appeared to be relatively successful, the different nature of the building sector can mean their effectiveness here will be rather limited. Incentives need to be introduced to support taking up the improvements recommended by the energy certificate. Effective results can probably be expected from introducing regulations combined with energy certificate standards, but it requires a rather drastic approach and needs time to receive sufficient commitment.
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    Title of host publicationECEEE 2005 Summer Study Proceedings; Energy savings: What Works & Who Delivers?
    EditorsS Attali, K Tillerson
    Place of PublicationStockholm, Sweden
    PublisherThe European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Print)91-631-4002-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventMandelieu, France - Stockholm, Sweden
    Duration: 30 May 20054 Jun 2005

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    PublisherThe European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy


    ConferenceMandelieu, France


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