SRI Austria - Smart Readiness Indicator: Rating scheme and opportunities for smart buildings

Stakeholder interviews on the "smartness" of buildings, a technology screening, impact analysis and classification of possible technologies / services plus master's theses form the basis of a proposal for the national implementation of the "smart readiness indicator" of buildings and accompanying measures, in coordination with the OIB, regional and national governmental representatives.

Short Description

Starting point / motivation

On the basis of the 2016 released "Clean Energy for All Europeans" package of measures in the building sector, the EU Commission intends to interlink intelligent technologies with a high proportion of renewable energies and energy efficiency.

In addition, the evaluation of "smart readiness" should be supported by an indicator in order to make the buildings fit for the future requirements of renewable energy networks and the needs of the users.

The European Commission has therefore submitted a proposal in 2016 to amend the existing Buildings Directive (EPBD 2010) and introduced a "Smartness Indicator". A consortium around the Flemish Institute for Technological Research NV ("VITO") is currently preparing a proposal for its calculation for the European Commission. However, the implementation or concretization lies with the individual states.

Contents and goals

The preparation of a national specification of the "Smart Readiness Indicator" (SRI) for Austria is in the focus of this project. In cooperation with the international project IEA EBC Annex 67 on the energy flexibility of buildings, the responsible persons from the DG Energy, the VITO consortium and the national stakeholders, the proposal of a SRI Austria will be developed.


Austrian technology providers, energy service providers, experts and other relevant stakeholders will be asked about their opinion and the potential of smart technologies. A technology screening, an impact analysis and classification of possible technologies and services is carried out, and the influence of / on national regulations is examined. Relevant knowledge on technologies related to Smart Buildings will be covered by the consortium itself.

The technology screening and the impact analysis will be complemented by research on studies in the field of smart grids and intelligent heat networks and supply in buildings as well as by targeted master's theses. Various "smartness" technologies and services in the building are listed and evaluated. A current state of discussion on an "intelligence factor" for buildings at EU and national level will be researched and summarized.

Furthermore, additional interesting business models, which already use intelligent building technology, or which exist in the field of digitization of the energy system, are examined.

Expected results

The main result is a basis for decision-making and support for the national political implementation of an SRI Austria and a possible integration into the energy certification system. The present project conceives an Austria-specific smart readiness indicator as a rating scheme for intelligent buildings on EU basis and carries out a technology rating with requirements for the building market.

Project Partners

Project management

AEE - Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC)

Project or cooperation partners

  • 17&4 Organisationsberatung GmbH
  • University of Applied Sciences FH Technikum Wien
  • Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria

Contact Address

Armin Knotzer
Feldgasse 19
A-8200 Gleisdorf
Tel.: +43 (03112) 5886-0