Windows, Doors and Facades
The Windows, Doors and Façades group consists of manufacturers, suppliers and installation engineers for the windows, doors and façades market. The focus is mainly on suppliers and system builders
- The Windows, Doors and Façades group collects market statistics and market trends regarding the sector.
- They monitor and implement the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
- They monitor, in collaboration with the Smart Building group, the Smart Readiness Indicator (indicates the impact of the control systems on the energy indicator).
- They monitor the construction product regulation.
- They inform regarding the impact of environmental legislation at a product level such as the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive.
Transposition requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) in Belgium close to finalisation The revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) in 2018 required European member states to implement new measures by the 10th of March, 2020. This included the delivery of an update and elaboration of the long-term renovation strategy. It also contained new requirements on electromobility and technical installations as well as inspection requirements. In Belgium, this transposition of the Directive is the responsibility of the Flemish, Walloon and Brussels-Capital Governments.
Publication of Agoria study on the possibilities for integration of the hourly method in the EPB methodology Currently the energy performance of a building is determined on a monthly basis in Belgium. The choice for either a monthly or hourly methodology has an impact on the accuracy of the determination of the energy performance of a building. The application of the hourly method offers a possible solution to simplify the integration of innovation in building technology in the EPB.
NBN-Agoria workshop: A successful implementation of the EPB standards requires a common vision On December 3rd, 2019, the Belgian Bureau for Standardisation (NBN) and Agoria brought around 25 experts together with representatives of the three regions to discuss possibilities for the implementation of the EPB standards. Presentations by Ghent University, the Belgian knowledge centre for construction BBRI, the European knowledge centre EPB Center, the Dutch research centre TNO and the European HVAC federation REHVA resulted in a number of lively discussions.
The Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI): Is this new policy instrument ready for implementation in the member states? In October 2019 a stakeholder meeting took place to discuss the results of the second study of the European Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI). The studies serve to develop a European proposal for the technical design and implementation of the new policy instrument. The upcoming completion of the second study marks the start of a next phase in which member states must consider if and how they intend to introduce the Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) into their regulations. This article provides an overview of what has happened so far and recommendations for the next steps.