The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2010/31/EU (EPBD) replaced Directive 2002/91/EC setting a more ambitious framework to improve the energy efficiency of EU buildings. The EPBD is the main legislative instrument at EU level to achieve energy performance in buildings. The Directive requires Member States to set performance standards for buildings; apply energy performance certificates (EPCs) to buildings; and ensure that from the end of the decade only "nearly zero energy buildings" (NZEBs) are built.
Key elements in EPBD (2010/31/EU (EPBD):
- Article 19: stipulates European Commission to evaluate the Directive until the end of 2016. The evaluation should consist of the five different assessment criteria: Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, EU-added value, and Coherence. The evaluation is a direct follow up to the Communication on an Energy Union. The results of the evaluation would provide the basis for the Impact Assessment of policy options in the framework of the EPBD review.
- This Directive has made it possible for consumers to make informed choices that will increase energy savings, costs and result in better and efficient energy performance of buildings.