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SRI test phases

EU countries can implement or launch a test phase of the Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) scheme with the support of the European Commission and a technical support team.

Implementation or testing

The Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) was adopted by the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive in 2018 and its subsequent regulations (Delegated Regulation and Implementing Regulation), triggering an optional implementation phase by EU countries.

Therefore, EU countries may decide to implement the SRI on (part of) their territory, for all buildings or only for certain categories of buildings.

Alternatively, EU countries interested in the SRI scheme can start by launching a non-committal test phase. Feedback from national test phases will allow adjusting the implementation modalities of the scheme.

Stakeholders who need support in the implementation or testing phase of the SRI are welcome to contact the SRI support team by mail: support@smartreadinessindicator.eu.

Questions and answers received through the SRI helpdesk are regularly published on the page “Your questions about the SRI”. 

Ongoing test phases

The SRI is currently being officially tested in 6 EU countries: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland and France. In each of the 6 front-running countries, the national administration is supported by one or several local technical partners and by the SRI Support Team.

Other Member States are encouraged to join the move and test the SRI on their territories.

Austria

The Austrian test phase is led by the Austrian Institute of Construction Engineering (OIB) and the Austrian Climate Ministry (BMK), with the involvement of AEE Intec and of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) who are conducting the assessments. The focus of the test phase is to benchmark the SRI methodology against other methods developed in Austria with a focus on energy flexibility. A large number of different building typologies are examined and assessed on the basis of detailed documented buildings from Austrian regions or the federal government.

Croatia

The SRI test phase in Croatia is led by the Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Assets and is supported by the non-profit scientific institution Energy Institute Hrvoje Pozar (EIHP). The test phase will be conducted thanks to a recently selected project of the EU Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE). The test phase aims at exploring the potentials and opportunities for SRI in the Croatian context and at contributing to the overall development and refinement of the SRI calculation methodology.

Czech Republic

The Czech test phase is led by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MPO), with support from the Department of Environmental and Building Services Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU). During the test phase the common SRI methodology is applied, and depending on the sensitivity of the results, some adaptations may be undertaken in a later phase. SRI evaluations are conducted by the team of the University. The test phase should last around one year.

Denmark

The Danish test phase is led by the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) in cooperation with the Danish Technological Institute (DTI). The purpose is to investigate potentials and opportunities for the SRI in a Danish context. Assessors from DTI will conduct the SRI assessment for 25-30 buildings, including offices, dwellings, multi-familiy homes, educational institutions – old and new, and with different energy supplies.

Finland

The SRI test phase in Finland is led by the Ministry of the Environment with the support of MOTIVA, a company dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable development. External assessors are going to be trained in order to conduct SRI assessments for a target of 150 buildings of different types. The test phase should last around two years, comprising a social impact assessment and an evaluation of the suitability of the scheme to Finland.

France

The French test phase is led by the Ministry for Ecological Transition with the support of CEREMA. SRI assessments are going to be conducted by independent third parties: EPC assessors are going to be recruited and trained for that purpose by CEREMA, who will in turn deliver formal SRI certificates. The target is to assess at least 30 buildings as a first step.