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QUALICHeCK: Towards improved compliance and quality of the works for better performing buildings

The challenges to implement Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEB) and achieving minimum shares of Renewable Energy are tremendous. There are various indications raising concerns regarding the reliability of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) declarations and the quality of the works. Achieving a significant improvement requires strong commitment from authorities and other major players, as well as sufficiently broad societal support.

QUALICHeCK responds to these challenges by:

  • Identifying issues in respect to existing procedures
  • Highlighting best practices for easy access to reliable EPC input data, delivery of improved quality of the works, as well as more effective compliance frameworks (“lead people to do what they declare”)
  • Raising awareness and engaging relevant stakeholders.

The focus will be mainly (but not limited) on:

  • 9 countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Greece, Romania, Spain and Sweden
  • 4 technology areas:
    • Transmission characteristics: this includes opaque components (walls, roofs, …) windows and doors, as well as the handling of e.g. thermal bridges.
    • Ventilation and airtightness: this includes performance of ventilation systems, as well as envelope and ductwork airtightness.
    • Sustainable summer comfort technologies: this includes a wide range of technologies and concepts, e.g. solar control, thermal mass, ventilative cooling strategies, cool roofs etc.
    • Renewables in multi-energy systems: this also includes a wide range of energy systems, whereby the common feature is the presence of renewables (heat pumps, solar collectors, biomass, PV, …),
  • Innovation
  • The residential sector

Close interaction is looked for with the Concerted Actions on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), the Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (RES) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), as well as BUILD UP Skills. The communication strategy supports both the broad dissemination of project outcomes and the constructive engagement of authorities and stakeholders.


Project Coordinator: Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas

CyI Principal Investigator: Marina Kyprianou Dracou


More in this category: ZERO-PLUS, SMART-GEMS


Additional Info

  • Acronym: QUALICHeCK
  • Center: EEWRC
  • Funding Source: Co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme of the European Union
  • CyI Funding: €44,738
  • Funding Period: 3 years
  • Starting Date: 1st March 2014
  • End Date: 28th February 2017
  • Coordinator: International Network for Information on Ventilation and Energy Performance (INIVE EEIG), Belgium
  • Partners:

    Sympraxis Team (Greece), Tallinn University of Technology (TUT – Estonia), University of Seville (USE – Spain), National Institute for Research and Development in Construction, Urban Planning and Sustainable Spatial Development (URBANINCERC – Romania), École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'État (ENTPE – France), Cyprus Institute (CyI – Cyprus), Austrian Sustainable Building Council (OEGNB – Austria), Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers – Sweden), Ghent University (UGent – Belgium)


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