Europe needs smart regulation for energy efficient and healthy buildings. REHVA - EVIA joint position paper released at EUSEW 2015.
Energy Performance Buildings Directive (EPBD)
Buildings account for 40 % of total energy consumption in the Union. Therefore, reduction of energy consumption and the use of energy from renewable sources in the buildings sector constitute important measures needed to reduce the Union’s energy dependency and greenhouse gas emissions. The EU has taken several actions to honour both its long term commitment to maintain the global temperature rise below 2 °C, and its commitment to reduce, by 2020, overall greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 % below 1990 levels, and by 30 % in the event of an international agreement being reached. One of the most important is the Energy Performance Buildings Directive (EPBD), which was developed and will be implemented with following milestones:
- Dec 2002: EU adopts Energy Performance Buildings Directive (EPBD) EPBD 2002
- Jan 2006: Deadline for transposing directive into national law.
- Nov 2008: Commission proposes revision of EPBD (EurActiv 14/11/08).
- Apr 2009: Parliament adopts first-reading position (EurActiv 24/04/09).
- Nov 2009: EU reaches political agreement on directive (EurActiv 18/11/09).
- May 2010: Parliament approves new legislation.
- May 2010: EU adopts (approves) the recast (revised) EPBD 2010 EPBD Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings
- End 2018: Public buildings to have to be nearly zero energy standards.
- End 2020: All new buildings to be nearly zero energy.
The summary of the major changes in the recast 2010 compared to EPBD 2002 can be found here.
Update ! < REHVA has specified the definitions to be use in the zero energy buildings – click here. > 29/08/2011
Concerted action EPBD
The introduction of national laws meeting EU requirements is challenging. To support EU countries in this task, the Concerted Action (CA) EPBD was launched by the European Commission to promote dialogue and exchange of best practice between them. National authorities from 29 countries participates this forum, it focuses on finding common approaches to the most effective implementation of this EU legislation.
The CA has published in April 2011 an extensive report on the progress of the implementation of EPBD in Europe. It can be downloaded here.
Individual reports on five specific themes can be down loaded from the list below
The BUILD UP portal is the environment for building professionals, local authorities and building occupants willing to share their experience on how to cut energy consumption in buildings. BUILD UP has several expert groups where the experts can exchange information, one of these is EPBD Community dealing with the implementation of EPBD.
Close to 1000 publications related to the EPBD are available at BUILD UP portal.
CEN Standards and EPBD
The EPBD 2010 refers more to CEN standards than in the EPBD 2002 that will strengthen the position of standards. About 40 EPBD related standards (see the list) can be purchased from national standardisation organistions which are listed at CEN website. A CEN committee (TC 371) is established to revise the current standards see the background and working programme CEN Standards and EPBD
The recast EPBD requires the Commission to establish by 30 June 2011 a comparative framework methodology for calculating cost-optimal levels of minimum energy performance requirements for buildings and building elements. The draft of this methodology called “delegated Regulation supplementing Directive 2010/31/EU” is now submit to MS comments.
Update ! < On 16 January 2012, the EU Commission issued the COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) supplementing Directive 2010/31/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the energy performance of buildings (recast) by establishing a comparative methodology framework for calculating cost-optimal levels of minimum energy performance requirements for buildings and building elements.
The COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) No 244/2012 of 16 January 2012 supplementing Directive 2010/31/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the energy performance of buildings by establishing a comparative methodology framework for calculating cost-optimal levels of minimum energy performance requirements for buildings and building is available on: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:081:0018:0036:EN:PDF > 30/03/2012