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Improving dwellings by enhancing actions on labeling for the EPBD (IDEAL-EPBD)
Title: Improving dwellings by enhancing actions on labeling for the EPBD (IDEAL-EPBD)
Funding: European Commission, "Intelligent Energy - Europe" Programme
Budget: 1 350 540 EUR
Timeframe: 2008 - 2011

The objective of the IDEAL EPBD project is to contribute to increasing the effect of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) for existing private dwellings, by defining and disseminating policy recommendations.

Within IDEAL EPBD the following activities are foreseen:

  • Monitoring the first results of labelling of existing, privately owned dwellings (<1000 m2) under the EPBD, through in-depth interviews and electronic questionnaires among dwelling owners in 10 different countries.
  • Providing feedback on the implementation of the EPBD to policy makers, energy agencies and actors professionally involved in the energy efficiency improvement of dwellings, through organization of workshops for professionals and policy makers in all 10 countries involved in IDEAL-EPBD. At the end of the project, information will also be disseminated to all other EU Member States.
  • Providing recommendations for further improvement and specification of the EPBD obligations to optimise the effect of the EPBD. Recommendations will be based on a policy analysis per MS, and survey and interview results.

For the longer term it is expected that optimising the effect of the EPBD will contribute to increasing energy efficiency improvement in dwellings and a change in consumer behaviour.

Contractors: ECN, The Netherlands; Danish Building Research Institute, Denmark; Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium; Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland; Oeko-Institute e.V., Germany; BSREC, Bulgaria; Ekodoma, Latvia; Enviros, Czech Republic