[Event] BPIE’s new study on "Cost-Optimal Methodology": Upcoming Workshop in Brussels

26-02-2013 | Europe欧洲

On the 11th of March 2013, the Buildings Performance Institute Europe - the GBPN Europe Hub - will be presenting its newest study on cost-optimality in Brussels.

The new study will provide additional guidance on how to effectively implement the cost-optimality methodology in the EU Member States. The presentation will be followed by a workshop at BPIE’s premise. 

European Regulation has established a methodology for calculating cost-optimal levels of minimum energy performance for buildings and building elements, leaving considerable space for a flexible implementation.
To provide additional and concrete guidance to policy makers at national level, BPIE has conducted additional analysis on how to effectively implement the cost-optimality methodology in European Member States.
The objectives of the studies are to demonstrate how ambitious yet affordable cost-optimal energy performance requirements for buildings can be defined and how the transition towards nearly Zero-Energy Buildings can be supported. BPIE presents three national cases: Austria, Germany and Poland.
Agenda and practical information about the event here


Homogeneous simple shaped building product, which is a final product, involving a basic building material, complementary products for implementation and packaging products. [Source: IEA Annex 31 Glossary]

The calculated or measured amount of energy needed to meet the energy demand associated with a typical use of the buildings, which includes inter alia, energy used for heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water and lighting (EU). [Source: EPBD recast, 2010/31/EU]

The principles that guide decision making within the European Union.

NZEB are buildings that over a year are neutral, meaning that they deliver as much energy to the supply grids as they use from the grids. Seen in these terms they do not need any fossil fuel for heating, cooling, lighting or other energy uses although they sometimes draw energy from the grid. [Source: IEA (Laustsen J.) (2008) Energy Efficiency Requirements in Building Codes, Energy Efficiency Policies for New Buildings.]