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Energies 2017, 10(10), 1501; doi:10.3390/en10101501

From Product to System Approaches in European Sustainable Product Policies: Analysis of the Package Concept of Heating Systems in Buildings

European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D—Sustainable Resources, Via E. Fermi, 2749, 21027 Ispra, Italy
Université Grenoble Alpes, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 46 Avenue Félix Viallet, 38000 Grenoble, France
European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate C—Energy, Transport and Climate, Via E. Fermi, 2749, 21027 Ispra, Italy
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Received: 4 September 2017 / Revised: 4 September 2017 / Accepted: 21 September 2017 / Published: 27 September 2017
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Different policies with the goal of reducing energy consumption and other environmental impacts in the building sector coexist in Europe. Sustainable product polices, such as the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives, have recently broadened the scope of their target product groups from a strict product approach to extended product and system approaches. Indeed, there is a potential for greater savings when the focus is at a system level rather than on regulating individual products. Product policies for space and water heating systems have recently introduced and implemented the package label, which is a modular approach, standing between the extended product and the system approaches. This paper presents a systematic analysis of the different system approaches of various policies from an engineering perspective. It analyses in detail the package concept and its features through a practical application using a real case study. It focuses on how the package concept can support decisions made in the building design phase and, in particular, how can support the choice of appropriate components based on estimating system performances. This brings building engineers and regulators closer regarding the use of more consistent data on energy performance. Finally, this paper highlights the need to improve the alignment of the building-related product policies with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. View Full-Text
Keywords: product policies; heating systems; buildings product policies; heating systems; buildings

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Calero-Pastor, M.; Mathieux, F.; Brissaud, D.; Castellazzi, L. From Product to System Approaches in European Sustainable Product Policies: Analysis of the Package Concept of Heating Systems in Buildings. Energies 2017, 10, 1501.

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