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A study on the impact of energy performance regulations in France and Sweden on HVAC innovation!
April 8, 2015

A study on the impact of energy performance regulations in France and Sweden on HVAC innovation!

Lydia Karlefors has defended her Master Thesis on impact of the energy performance regulations in France and Sweden on HVAC innovation. She has done excellent job under the co-supervision of John Woollett. Her presentation can be downloaded here (link). Read the abstract of the presentation.

Knowledge and understanding of regulations abroad is important for an international innovative HVAC company in order to avoid the risk of having to spend excessive time and money on procedures related to regulations.

The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) was adopted in 2002 and has been transposed into national energy performance (EP) regulations in the European member states with the objective of reducing the energy consumption of buildings. Since the ambition of innovative companies to develop HVAC equipment with high energy efficiency corresponds well with the objective of the EP regulations it is important that the regulations do not pose a barrier to innovation. Whether regulations in general encourage or hinder innovation is debated in the research community. Existing research discussing the relationship between regulation and innovation reviewed for this thesis work indicates that the impact of a regulation on innovation is largely dependent on specific regulation design characteristics.

In order to contribute to a better understanding of the impact of EP regulations on HVAC innovation, the EP regulations in France and Sweden are compared and their expected impact on innovation is discussed based on five specific regulation design characteristics. Differences in EP regulation design between France and Sweden that can be expected to have an impact on innovation include: compliance method (calculated vs. measured values), certainty of future requirements, enforcement scheme, comprehensibility of regulation and how much freedom the regulation gives to the innovator to find the best solution.