Building Energy Regulation, Clasification and Certification Schemes

  • Energy certification schemes for buildings emerged in the early 1990s as an essential method for improving energy efficiency, minimising energy consumption and enabling greater transparency with regards to the use of energy inbuildings. However, from the beginning their definition and implementation process were diffuse and, occasionally, have confused building sector stake holders. A multiplicity of terms and concepts such as energy performance, energy efficiency, energy ratings, benchmarking, etc., have emerged with sometimes overlapping meanings. This has frequently led to misleading interpretations by regulatory bodies, energy agencies, and final consumers. This paper analyses the origin and the historic development of energy certification schemes in buildings along with the definition and scope of a building energy certificate and critical aspects of its implementation. Embodied energy calculations and life cycle analysis are pointed out as key elements in building energy assessment and should be included in energy regulation and certification schemes in order to effectively lead the building sector towards sustainability.
  • Keywords
    energy certification, energy rating, energy benchmarking, embodiedenergy, building life cycle
  • Pages
    81 - 93
  • Submitted
  • Revised
  • Accepted
    0350-218X, 38 (2012), 1, 81-93
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