National Implementation Workshops
EuroACE organises, twice a year, national implementation workshops in order to foster transposition and application of buildings-related EU Directives (EPBD and EED). So far, 9 workshops have been organised, with the most recent ones having taken place in Poland (November 2015), Italy (February 2015), Hungary (May 2014), Spain (July 2013), and Ireland (October 2012). Click here for more information.
EPBD Review (since 2015)
The EPBD foresees in its Article 19 that the Directive must be evaluated by 1st January 2017 at the latest. In this framework, a public consultation has been held from June to October 2015. EuroACE is of course active on this issue, has provided a Reply to the Consultation Questionnaire and developed a Position Paper. The main points of the Position Paper are the following:
- Energy performance of buildings in the EU must remain regulated under EU legislation;
- Existing legislation must be fully implemented and enforced;
- Upcoming legislation should have the objective of an nZEB-level building stock at EU level by 2050 in mind;
- In this regard, clear strategies with milestones in 2030 and 2040 and renovation roadmaps are needed;
- The nZEB defintion should be clarified;
- The regulatory framework should reward integrated approaches that optimise all factors, including the building enveloppe, technical building systems, maintenance regimes and controls;
- The multiple benefits of energy renovation of buildings should be emphasised further;
- Measures to improve quality compliance, especially measures on upskilling the workforce, are needed;
- Access to financial ressources, based on a stable and long-term regulatory framework, is key;
- Regular reviews and updates of the legislative framework are need in order to ensure that the objective of an nZEB-level building stock at EU level is reached by 2050.
The Commission has issued a proposal to revise the EPBD within its ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package on 30th November 2016.
In 2010, the EPBD Recast (Directive 2010/31/EU) entered into force with a transposition deadline of July 2012. The updated text clarified, strengthened and extended the scope of the 2002 directive. Key changes included:
- Development of a comparative methodology framework for calculating cost-optimal levels of minimum energy performance requirements;
- Extension to all buildings of requirement to set minimum energy performance levels when a major renovation takes place;
- All new buildings to be nearly zero energy level by December 2020 (December 2018 for public authority buildings);
- Requirement for Member States to list financial incentives in place to enable the transition towards nearly zero energy levels in buildings;
- Mandatory energy certification for all properties constructed, sold or rented out;
- Enhanced heating and cooling system inspections and reporting requirements;
- Requirement for Member States to establish penalties for non-compliance.
Background Information – EPBD (2002)
The EPBD (Directive 2002/91/EC) has been the main European legislative instrument for improving the energy efficiency of Europe’s building stock. Under the Directive, the following obligations were introduced in all Member States:
- A methodology to calculate and rate the integrated energy performance of buildings;
- A system of energy certification for new and existing buildings, with display requirements for public buildings;
- Regular inspections of heating and air-conditioning systems;
- Minimum energy performance standards for new buildings and for existing buildings that undergo major renovation with a useful floor area over 1 000 m2.