The recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) was partly designed to meet the 40% indicative target for energy efficiency improvements under the Clean Energy for Europe package. One of the main provisions of in the revised EPBD, affecting TOPAs, is the introduction of a 'smartness indicator' that assesses the technological capability of buildings in ability to adapt to occupants’ needs, readiness to facilitate maintenance and efficient operation and ability to react within a smart grid. A 'Smart Readiness Indicator' (SRI) gives recognition for smarter building technologies and functionalities which enhance the energy efficiency and other pertinent performance characteristics of the building stock. It will be an incentive for the integration of cutting edge ICT-based solutions for energy efficiency into buildings, which can assist in creating more healthy and comfortable buildings with a lower energy use and carbon impact, and facilitate the integration of renewable energy systems.
The consortium believes that this is an important advancement in the certification of buildings that will improve energy efficiency and functionality of buildings in smart grids and smart cities through improving control and providing opportunities for the management of energy use in buildings in a co-ordinated manner. Based on the research performed in the TOPAs project, the Consortium has provided input into the development of the SRI. Most of the suggestions are around the role of monitoring and control in improving efficiency and for flexibility to allow consideration and recognition of emerging services such as fault detection and diagnosis and model predictive control.