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Smart Readiness Indicator for buildings: EC technical study for amending Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) (GEN – 783.00)

06 June 2017

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Smart Readiness Indicator for buildings: EC technical study for amending Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) (GEN – 783.00)

06 June 2017

2 min read

GEN – 783.00. Smart technologies for buildings can increase the energy efficiency of the building stock. To realise this potential, the introduction of a Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) for buildings is advocated in the proposal for amending the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). This indicator would allow to assess the level of smartness of a given building in a reliable and meaningful way for building owners, tenants and users. The first Stakeholder meeting took place in Brussels on 7 June 2017. The Eurovent team has participated and summarised the results.

At the end of November 2016, the European Commission (EC) presented the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package of proposals to amend and adapt several key directives including the EPBD (Energy Performance of Buildings Directive).

One of the focus points of the proposal for amending the EPBD is to better tap the potential of Smart Ready Technologies (SRT).

Smart systems are already considered in the current EPBD. The aim of the proposal for amending the Directive is to provide additional support by introducing…

  1. Building Automation and Control Systems (BACS) as an alternative to physical inspections,
  2. A ‘Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) for Buildings’ (called ‘Smartness Indicator’ in the proposal) to assess the technological readiness of buildings to interact with their occupants and the energy environment and, to operate more efficiently. 


A technical study was launched in March 2017 to further investigate the scope, definition and calculation of this Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI), aiming at a more detailed assessment of its potential impacts.

The Project Consortium consists of:

  1. VITO (Project Coordinator): Stijn Verbeke, Yixiao Ma, Sarah Bogaert
  2. Ecofys: Kjell Bettgenhäuser

  3. Waide Strategic Efficiency: Paul Waide

  4. OFFIS: Mathias Uslar

Objectives and Scope of this Study

In the proposal for an amended EPBD, the new article 8(6) advocates the definition of a ‘Smart Readiness Indicator for Buildings’ which should characterise the ability of a building to:

  1. Manage itself, 

  2. Interact with its occupants,
  3. Take part in demand response and contribute to smooth, safe and optimal operation of connected energy assets.

This study is intended to provide technical support to the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission. It feeds the current discussions on the definition and provision of this SRI. 


Timeline and next steps

  • Task 1 ‘Catalogue of smart ready services’ by summer 2017
  • Task 2 ‘Definition of smart ready indicator(s) by November 2017
  • 2nd stakeholder meeting by November 2017
  • Task 4 ‘EU Impact assessment’ by April 2018
  • 3rd stakeholder meeting by April 2018

1st stakeholder meeting: key takeaways

The project objectives have been widely discussed and elaborated during the first stakeholder meeting.

Key takeaways include:

  • This project aims to feed the ongoing discussions at the EU Parliament and the EU Council on the EPBD revision (as a supporting tool).
  • It seems there is the attempt to use the SRIs not only to assess the technological readiness of the buildings (and their efficiency) but also to assess the efficiency of the HVAC systems.
  • The Building Automation and Control Systems (BACS) could be used as an alternative to physical inspections.

Recommended Actions

As the introduction of this SRI could have a significant impact (positive or negative, to be discussed and analysed) on our industry, Eurovent members are asked to provide the Secretariat with their feedback and point of view. Based on this, we are going to develop a common position.

Related documents and links

All related documents and articles can be found in the sidebar on the right. 

GEN – 783.01 – SRI for Buildings – Stakeholder meeting – 20170607 – Background paper

Project website: https://smartreadinessindicator.eu/

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