Craning to see which are the most efficient buildings in Europe?

Ever wondered which continental country has the most energy efficient buildings? Or how your building squares up to one in Germany or France? Answering those questions are tricky right now […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Ever wondered which continental country has the most energy efficient buildings? Or how your building squares up to one in Germany or France?

Answering those questions are tricky right now because there’s no benchmark for the energy efficiency of building stock say experts.

EU Member states have separate building Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) schemes, making it hard to compare.

Real estate firm Knight Frank and EU climate body Climate-KIC say this is why they are planning a pan-European database measuring energy performance in buildings across Europe.

They claim their database, catchily called Energy Efficiency Performance of Properties Analysis (EEPPA), will enable estates managers to target inefficient properties and benchmark the energy efficiency of their buildings.

It has an EU grant of €200 million and apparently being put together in consultation with more than a thousand organisations across Europe.

Etienne Cadestin, EEPPA project leader and Associate at Knight Frank Energy said: “Amid all the noise around efficiency, sustainability and climate change mitigation, it is concrete actions like the EEPPA index that will change the face of European cities.”

Richard Templer, Director of Climate-KIC UK added that one of the “greatest causes” of greenhouse gas emissions comes from energy inefficient buildings and it was time “to fix this CO2 leak.”