TNO plays an important role in the technical development of the Dutch energy performance standard (NEN 7120) and is also actively involved in the development of energy performance standards on European level. We also regularly perform energy performance policy studies in relation to regulations, resident influence, comfort and health.
TNO has a coordinating role in BUILD UP, the European web portal for energy efficiency in the built environment. Main focus is the implementation of the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and its recast. This directive took effect in January 2006 and its main goal is to substantially reduce energy consumption in buildings. BUILD UP joins the European forces in the field of energy in the built environment, promotes information exchange between (market) parties, and helps them to have the latest methods, tools and cases. In the European CENSE project the aim was to achieve better awareness and more effective use of the European (CEN) standards that are related to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). This has led to a series of recommendations for developing a "second generation" of this calculation package. These recommendations were adopted by CEN and the European Commission.
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