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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2021: 17th Conference of IBPSA


An Evaluation of the Smart Readiness Indicator proposed for Buildings

Vasiliki Varsami, Esfand Burman
Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, University College London (UCL), United Kingdom

Abstract: The European Commission (EC) recently introduced the smart readiness indicator (SRI) scheme. This framework evaluates the capacity of a building to use information and communication technologies (ICTs) to adapt to the needs of the occupants and the grid. Researchers and industry practitioners have carried out preliminary studies to examine its methodology and scope. This study aimed to complement previous work and analyse the new framework to identify its strengths, as an indicator that will enhance the performance of the building stock, and its improvement opportunities. For this purpose, an evaluation was conducted, following a review of the current literature and the implementation of the proposed methods in two non-domestic buildings. The evaluation indicated that the SRI has the potential to offer multiple benefits, from improving occupants’ health and wellbeing to increasing the energy efficiency of the European building stock and supporting the development of smart energy grids. However, SRI is an indicator that in its current format, cannot address actual performance, and its assessment may not provide equal incentive for all the European Union’s (EU) goals for 2050. Moreover, its simplified methodology was found to offer more favourable results when compared against the detailed methodology. Its checklist approach and lack of clear guidelines may also lead to subjective decisions during the assessment, resulting in inconsistent certifications. By addressing these inconsistencies and by supporting the scheme with additional policy measures, the EU will benefit from a credible and fairer rating scheme. Keywords: Smart readiness indicator, SRI, framework evaluation, smart buildings, European policy.
Keywords: smart readiness indicator, framework, evaluation, smart grids, energy flexibility
Pages: 573 - 580