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Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) (GEN – 1172.00)

20 October 2020

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Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) (GEN – 1172.00)

20 October 2020

2 min read

GEN – 1172.00. The Commission has submitted to these acts to European Parliament and Council that have until 14 December 2020 to object to these acts. The Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) is an optional scheme introduced under Article 8(10) of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

Delegated acts

Article 3 of the act specifies that the calculation of the smart readiness scores shall be based on a common Union methodological framework set out in Annexes.

Optionality

Article 6 defines the optionality of the SRI scheme. Member States may decide if they implement SRI, if it would be implemented for certain categories of buildings and if it would be on a voluntary or mandatory. Furthermore, Member States may decide to modify, adapt, or terminate the implementation of the scheme.

Calculation

In the Annex, the calculation of smart readiness scores is explained, seven smart readiness impact criteria and nine technical domains (each to be weighted for its impact). The Member States are expected to make available at least one ‘smart ready catalogue’ to be used by experts as the basis for identifying and assessing smart-ready services.

During the Eurovent webinar on 9 September 2020 it was explained that there would be different methodologies – A methodology A with 27 smart service levels for (basic, mainly residential buildings) and a more sophisticated methodology with 54 smart service levels. Additional methodologies may be under development.

It may be noted that where the SRI rating in in percentage (90-100%, 80-90%, etc.) might not be consistent as it is possible that for example under methodology A the could be based on only 20 out of 27 smart service level, thus allowing to reach a 90-100% rating based on 20 (and not 27) smart service levels. This argument is that the rating would be unfair if some smart services are not relevant for a building.

Similar to Energy Performance Certificates the SRI would be established by qualified or accredited SRI experts.

Potential impacts

Because no calculation tools are yet available it is difficult to assess the potential impact of the SRI. Similar to the implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings the transposition of the SRI is likely to differ between Member States. It is also not clear if and which Member States would introduce an SRI.

Recommended actions

Associations and members that manufacture products with smart functions are recommended to check the progress at national level. Due to the optionality of the SRI scheme and freedom given to the Member States, the implementation may differ in the Member States.

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