In 2002, the European Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings required the EU Member States, including the regional governments of Belgium, to define energy performance indicators and develop associated calculation methods. These indicators are used to establish a policy of progressive reduction of primary energy consumption in buildings.
The regional authorities have entrusted the UMONS Research Institute for Energy with a large number of missions, such as defining energy performance indicators, studying the appropriateness of calculation methods and supporting the building sector with regard to scientific and technical aspects since the regulation has come into force. Completing these missions has allowed the Région wallonne to meet European requirements.
As for medium-term technological developments, the Institute is actively involved in projects supported by the regional authorities through the economic deployment plan for Wallonia (e.g. the development of super-insulated windows, the development of interseasonal thermochemical solar heat storage systems and the development of multi-physics simulation tools for virtual prototyping).
The UMONS Research Institute for Energy also actively participates in various European FP7 projects. These include: