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Harmonisation of Energy Performance Certificates of buildings according to INSPIRE

Giacomo Martirano, Maria Teresa Borzacchiello and Francesco Pignatelli

(Submission #401)


This paper presents the results of one of the use cases designed and implemented in the frame of the Energy Pilot of the EULF. EULF is the acronym of European Union Location Framework, which is a project led by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and is part of the Interoperability Solutions for Public Administrations (ISA) Programme, run by DG Informatics (DIGIT). The EULF is a framework of recommendations, guidance and actions to improve the way location information is used in all public services across Europe, targeting benefits for businesses, citizens and government in key areas of EU activity, such as Transport, Marine and Energy policy. The EULF builds on the spatial data infrastructure for Europe being implemented by INSPIRE. The Energy Pilot is one of the three pilots (the other two dealing with Transport and Marine sectors, respectively) to test the concept of the EULF. It started in the last quarter of 2015, based on the outcomes of a pre-pilot feasibility study aimed to verify the potential for an effective application of spatial data to support the life cycle of the different EU energy efficiency policies and initiatives, based on data from different sources and at different scales (building, district and national). Coherently with its objectives, the EULF Energy Pilot has outlined a set of use cases, each of them dealing with different methodologies, involving different partners and stakeholders and being implemented with different time plans. The first use case, the results of which are presented in this paper, aimed to harmonize, according to INSPIRE principles, existing EPC (Energy Performance Certificates of buildings) datasets and to make them accessible via INSPIRE network services. One important step of the data harmonization process was the analysis of the EPC source data model, set by the EPBD Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings. The analysis led to the need to extend the INSPIRE Building data model, in order to create a target data model fitting with the semantic richness of the energy performance certificates of buildings. Expected benefits of the use case are those deriving from an easier accessibility to INSPIRE harmonized EPC datasets, which, for example, can improve: i) the competitiveness of private players working in the sector of buildings renovation to improve their energy performance and ii) the effectiveness of the decisions taken by policy makers involved in energy efficiency policies lifecycle at urban/local level.


Topic Area:  [2.5] Exchange of spatial data to support sustainable environment
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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