The potential of building automation for efficiency improvements in the building sector is only addressed to a limited extent by current policy instruments. The efficient, but also the grid-serving and user-oriented operation of buildings is particularly affected. The EU Commission therefore introduced the concept of a Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) when revising the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) in 2018. The SRI is intended to show the capabilities of a building in terms of energy efficiency, grid serviceability and user serviceability. At the same time, it is intended to provide improved transparency on relevant measures to improve the above-mentioned capabilities of the building.
To this end, the EU Commission has developed an SRI methodology that assesses a building's intelligence capability based on an inventory of existing smart-ready services. Within the scope of this project, this proposed methodology of the EU Commission was to be examined and adapted to the conditions in Germany, with a strong emphasis on energy efficiency incentives. The aim was to identify the optimisation possibilities of the instrument and to investigate which positive effect an application-friendly SRI can have on the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of buildings. adelphi was responsible in particular for checking whether the proposed changes to the EU methodology were permissible within the scope provided by the EU Commission.