The revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) has recently been adopted by the European Parliament and the European Council.
The review of the energy performance of buildings directive amends Directive 2010/31/EU and complements measures under the energy efficiency directive as well as EU legislation on energy efficiency of products. It is part of the Clean Energy package presented by the Commission on 30 November 2016.
Temenuzhka Petkova, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Bulgaria is cited in the official press release: “Enhancing the energy efficiency of buildings is one of the most cost-effective ways of improving the quality of life for all of us. It helps in moving towards a low-carbon economy, which in turn generates economic growth, boosts investment and creates jobs.”
The introduction of the decision document delivers many arguments why thermal renovation of external walls has been identified to be of high importance.
Some of the EPBD amendments being relevant for our businesses are:
- Member States are required to establish long-term renovation strategies, aiming for a highly energy efficient and decarbonized building stock by 2050, facilitating the cost-effective transformation of existing buildings into nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB).
- New buildings shall meet nZEB standards, which have to be defined by Member States, if not done yet.
- For existing buildings, policies and actions to stimulate cost-effective deep renovation shall be included.
- The split-incentive dilemma and the alleviation of energy poverty might as well be considered as schemes for building renovation passports.
- Public buildings shall be included explicitly.
- Strong focus is on monitoring of the progress achieved. This includes comparison of the energy consumption before and after renovation.
- Even more important: In order to achieve 80% - 95% reductions in CO2 emissions until 2050, Member States shall establish roadmaps with indicative milestones for 2030, 2040 and 2050, associated with measurable progress indicators.
- The Commission plans to share best practice examples on financial incentives.
- Member States may take the opportunity to address fire safety and risks related to seismic activities in their national action plans.
If you want to learn more about the variety of positive effects thermal improvements of Europe’s huge building stock might have, please take a look into EAE’s Energy Saving Guide 2016.