WS 18:  European voluntary certification scheme: a tool linking environment and energy to market value

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Tuesday, May 24, 15.30-17.30 (Meeting room: Columbinesalen)

Workshop organiser:

SB Alliance -


Part 1:    Frank Hovorka - SB Alliance (chairman)

Part 2:    Carolina Mateo Cecilia - Valencia Institute of Building – IVE (architect)

Part 3:    Johann Zirngibl - CSTB French Scientific and Technical Center for Building (project leader)

Part 4:    Jana Bendžalová - ENBEE (Environment & Building Energy Efficiency Consultancy)



Multinational property owners and developers, financial institutions (including UNEP-FI) and building professionals are demanding international standardisation and uniform conditions in energy performance certification in order to enhance the comparability, transparency, coherence, reliability and accuracy in the Union. The VCS under preparation will be the first common scheme based on CEN and ISO standards issuing European wide a common energy certificate for non-residential buildings. This workshop will describe the development of this common tool (VCS), able to be used Europe wide, and how it can be integrated in existing environmental certification schemes. 


The expected attendees are:

Certification bodies; Property owners and operators because VCS will allow a common benchmarking; Facility managers; Scheme operators, Professional associations able to provide training courses and Software companies because they could contribute to the roll-out of the VCS; Industrials because VCS will provide a technological neutral assessment scheme and enable associated common databases;  Financial institutions and insurance because VCS will provide a common tool to define the energy efficiencies of investments; Research centers and high educational institutes contributing to improve the technical content of the VCS; Energy experts; Training operators. 

Expected results:

Visitors will be informed about the project and proposal for organisational, operational and technical design of the European voluntary certification scheme for energy performance in non-residential buildings. They will learn how a transparent way to assess energy efficiency can impact the market value of a building. They will also get information about how the future VCS could be integrated in existing rating tools for building environmental performance. This workshop is also a chance to follow-up the project and be informed early on potential business opportunities related to the common roll out of the VCS across Europe such as training programmes, software development and data bases. The VCS is just a starting point. It should be continuously updated by research and feedback from experiences. 

Tentative Programme:

  • Presentation Part 1: 15 min: The interest for investors (Frank Hovorka); 5 min: Q&A
  • Presentation Part 2: 15 min: The integration of a common energy indicator in Climate KIC Smart and Sustainable Offices certification scheme (Carolina Mateo Cecilia); 5 min: Q&A
  • Presentation Part 3: 15 min: The VCS project (Johann Zirngibl); 5 min: Q&A
  • Presentation Part 4: 15 min: The scale and reference points of the VCS (Jana Bendžalová); 5 min: Q&A
  • Conclusions: 10 min left for wrap-up and conclusions (all)

Discussion topics:

  • the link between voluntary and mandatory schemes;
  • barriers and promotors for European roll out;
  • the involvement of stakeholders.