In recent years, the European Union has put an emphasis on the role of building energy performance in the clean energy transition. Energy efficiency targets continue strengthening (the current target is a 32.5% increase in energy efficiency by 2030, up from the previous 20% target). A larger emphasis has been put on building performance, as the recent amendments to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) demonstrates (i.e. achieving a highly efficient and decarbonised building stock by 205).
Data collection, and specifically the ability to benchmark and analyse data, is incredibly important to gauge not only policy effectiveness, but also to identify target areas of action. We need a way to figure out what works, what needs attention, and where to focus future resources. The ExcEED handbook goes through the main conclusions of the project and its platform and explains the potential of the ExcEED tools from a business perspective and a policy one.
As of September 2019, ExcEED has more than 150 registered users and around 20 uploaded buildings. Of the uploaded buildings, the majority are office buildings located in Europe. Continuing to gather building data will be of central importance to the effectiveness of the platform, which has been renamed “enbuibench”, that stands for the “energy and comfort building performance characterization and benchmarking platform”. enbuibench will support platform users in the building performance characterisation and benchmarking. It is a totally free and ready-to-use web-based EU platform that will be managed by EURAC Research, who coordinated ExcEED.