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Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) (GEN – 983.00)

09 January 2019

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Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) (GEN – 983.00)

09 January 2019

2 min read

GEN – 983.00. The revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2018/884 introduces a “Smart Readiness Indicator”. The SRI will measure the buildings’ capacity to use new technologies and electronic systems to adapt to the needs of the consumer, optimise its operation and interact with the grid. The European Commission has asked a consortium to develop the SRI. A first report was published in 2018.  The second study should prepare for the adoption of a delegated act by the end of 2019.

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) 2018/884

The article 8 of the EPBD states that the Commission shall, by 31 December 2019, adopt a delegated act supplementing this Directive by establishing an optional common Union scheme for rating the smart readiness of buildings. The rating shall be based on an assessment of the capabilities of a building or building unit to adapt its operation to the needs of the occupant and the grid and to improve its energy efficiency and overall performance. This optional common Union scheme for rating the smart readiness of buildings shall:

  • Establish the definition of the smart readiness indicator
  • Establish a methodology by which it is to be calculated

Development of the SRI

Between February 2017 and August 2018, a consortium composed of Vito, Energy Ville, Ecofys, Waide and Offis was developing the SRI. The outcome of the first study is available on the website of the second study.

The second study on the implementation of the (SRI) started in January 2019 and is conducted by VITO and Waide Strategic Efficiency.

The study contains six tasks: 

  • Task 1: Consolidation of the definition and the calculation methodology of the SRI
  • Task 2: Investigation of SRI implementation pathways and of the format of the SRI
  • Task 3: Guidance for effective SRI implementation
  • Task 4: Quantitative modelling and analysis of the impact of the SRI at EU level
  • Task 5: Stakeholder consultation and study website – understanding and challenges
  • Task 6: Support to the policy making process

A first stakeholder meeting is scheduled for 25 March 2019. The project website does mention the end of the project, but this would be by the end of 2019.

As mentioned in GEN – 942.00, itis not yet clear if and which Member States will implement the optional SRI in their transposition of the revised EPBD by February/March 2020.

Recommended Actions

Members that manufacture products with smart functions are recommended to register as a stakeholder on the project website so that they may be invited to stakeholder meetings.

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