The scheme includes the development of a smart readiness indicator and a methodology to calculate this.
According to an article published by the The Fifth Estate, there is a lack of high-quality data on the building stock in Europe, hampering efforts to reduce the amount of energy buildings use.
Furthermore, there is no consistent data to form a baseline for the Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) that rate buildings’ energy use.
The smart readiness indicator will measure the capacity of buildings to use ICT and electronic systems to optimise operation and interact with the grid.
Writing for the The Fifth Estate, David Thorpe, notes that "just as there’s no consistent data, there is also no universally accepted definition of what makes a smart building, and there are few initiatives directly linked to indicators."
He adds that the overall aim of the smart readiness indicator is to raise awareness among building owners and occupants of the value of the electronic automation and monitoring of technical building systems.
Smart Readiness Indicator for buildings
According to its website, the European Commission (EC) initiated a study, providing technical support to the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission in order to feed the negotiations and decision process regarding potentially setting up a ‘Smart Readiness Indicator for Buildings’.
According to the European Commission, "Such a ‘Smart Readiness Indicator’ (SRI) would give recognition for smarter building technologies and functionalities which enhance the energy efficiency and other pertinent performance characteristics of the building stock. It could be an incentive for the integration of cutting edge ICT-based solutions for energy efficiency into buildings, which can assist in creating more healthy and comfortable buildings with a lower energy use and carbon impact, and facilitate the integration of renewable energy systems."
The following tasks are being carried out to reach these objectives:
- Task 1: Characterisation of smart ready technologies (SRT) and services;
- Task 2: Establishment of a robust methodology for the harmonised calculation at EU level of the SRI of buildings;
- Task 3: Consultation with stakeholders;
- Task 4: An impact assessment of the SRI and its component SRTs on the performance of EU buildings;
- Task 5: Consultancy to support the Commission's policy making process.
The development of the smart readiness indicator is expected to be complete by April 2018.