Stakeholder consultation

The European Commission and the project consortium are dedicated to give stakeholders the opportunity to provide input to this study, thereby creating a transparent and open process. This website is the main information exchange platform between the study-team, the Commission and the stakeholders. This page allows you to register yourself as stakeholder in the study. By registering you will receive notifications by email regarding website updates, meetings and availability of documents for download.

Please note that stakeholders already registered for the first technical support study do not have to register again.

Please also note that this registration does not warrant your possible presence as stakeholder in forthcoming stakeholder meetings.

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Stakeholder consultation

The study team will establish an open and inclusive consultation process in order for various stakeholders provide support to the development of the SRI, via stakeholder meetings and structural gathering of feedback on project deliverables. Additionally, topical stakeholder groups will be set up to retrieve feedback on specific elements of the SRI scheme. Further information on these topical stakeholder groups and their outputs will be updated on this page.

First Stakeholder Meeting

On 26 March 2019 the first stakeholder meeting of the second technical study supporting the development of a Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) for buildings took place at the Albert Borschette Congress Centre in Brussels. The meeting was attended by 120 participants from 26 countries – as well as the numerous stakeholders who followed the webstream.

The presentation displayed during the plenary session of the stakeholder meeting and the minutes are available under milestones and documents.

A brief summary of the discussions:

  • The meeting was opened by Ms. Claudia Canevari (Acting Head of Unit C3 in DG Energy of the EC), who highlighted the role of buildings in the clean energy transition and the importance of digitalization and of the Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) to achieve these targets. She stressed that the development of the SRI will follow an open and transparent process and that the contributions of stakeholders are much appreciated.
  • Mr. Stijn Verbeke (VITO/EnergyVille), coordinator of the technical study consortium, welcomed the stakeholders, and introduced the team and aims of the study, as well as the agenda for the day.
  • Policy officer Mr. Sylvain Robert (Unit C3 of EC DG Energy) explained the next steps in the policy making process, in view of the adoption of the SRI legal acts by mid-2020.
  • The study team briefly reminded the outcomes of the first study and recommended to get acquainted with these, referring in particular to the executive summary available on the website:
  • Mr. Paul Waide (WSEE) presented eight guiding questions, and related key performance indicators, to track progress throughout the study.
  • The workplan of the second technical study was presented by Mr. Paul Waide (WSEE) and Mr. Glenn Reynders (VITO/EnergyVille).
  • Ms Dorien Aerts (VITO/EnergyVille), who will be the main contact point for the stakeholders, presented the various ways stakeholders can interact with the study team. Amongst others, the study team foresees an open testing phase during which stakeholders may voluntarily test and apply the SRI calculation methodology to buildings of their choice. This testing phase will start tentatively in September 2019, and more information will be made available in due course.
  • The study team presented the working assumptions of the study, based on the feedback from stakeholders collected during the first study, and highlighted those aspects that will require particular attention: e.g. weighting used to derive aggregated scores and possible SRI assessment types approaches (e.g. light online quick-scan versus expert assessment).
  • The conclusions of the stakeholder survey performed before the meeting was presented and discussed, in relation to the working assumptions of the study. 
  • The meeting concluded with an open discussion with the stakeholders, who gave constructive feedback on a variety of topics, e.g. about the reliability of the SRI, the calculation methodology, and about potential links to other schemes and initiatives. This feedback will be more detailed in the meeting minutes and the study team will further process it in the next steps of the study.


Topical Groups

The aim of topical groups is to lead in-depth discussions within a compact group of experts and on a more focused scope. Two topical groups have been set up. The first one (topical group A) focuses on the SRI value proposition and implementation; The second one (topical group B) focuses on the SRI calculation methodology. The topical groups consist each of 25-30 experts representing different and complementary European business sector organizations and experts from some Member States.

In the afternoon, two topical group sessions took place.

The session of Topical Group A on the SRI Value Proposition Implementation was led by Paul Waide (Waide Strategic Efficiency Europe). It was explained that the role of Topical Group A is to:

  • Help consolidate the SRI design, methodology and approach towards implementation (all within the scope of the EPBD text)
  • Enable stakeholders to provide support in shaping the development of the SRI
  • Foster informal and open discussion

During the first meeting, discussions were held on two main topics. First, the group considered what are the aspects of the SRI that contribute most to value creation. Second, the group considered the SRI assessment process including what is an acceptable time for the assessment to take and the relative merits and weaknesses of the three archetypal assessment methods presented in the main stakeholder meeting.

More information on Topical Group A:

The session of Topical Group B on the SRI Calculation Methodology was led by Glenn Reynders (EnergyVille/VITO). It was explained that the role of Topical Group B is to:

  • Help consolidate the SRI calculation methodology (all within the scope of the EPBD text)
  • Enable stakeholders to provide support in shaping the development of the SRI
  • Foster informal and open discussion

Two main topics were addressed during the first topical group meeting. First, the group discussed the SRI Impact Criteria as defined in the first technical study, and reflected on the weighting factors applied to these Impact Criteria. The second discussion dealt with the current working assumptions of the second technical study, namely a light quick-scan method (A), a detailed expert analysis (B) and the automated analysis (C). 

More information on Topical Group B: