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Read more about the latest updates and policy news during the whole legislative procedure on the revised EPBD Directive: 

Policy alert: The revised EPBD directive was adopted by the Council

The Council today adopted a revised directive on energy performance of buidlings and completing the final stage in the legislative procedure.

Following today's formal approval of the regulation by the Council, the directive will be published in the Official Journal of the EU, and will enter into force twenty days later. The transposition period for this legislation is 20 months.

Temenuzhka Petkova, Minister of Energy from the Bulgarian Presidency, highlighted the importance of enhancing the energy efficiency of buidlings as one of the most cost-effective ways of improving the quality of life for all of us and helps in moving towards a low-carbon economy.

Find out more on adopted revised directive here.

Read our analysis in the latest REHVA journal.

COPERER and ITRE approved EPBD review text

On 31 January 2018, the EU ambassadors officially confirmed the political agreement on the revised EPBD. The text was then approved by the EP ITRE committee on 21 February, opening the way for the final Parliament plenary vote in April. After this, the directive will be published in the Official Journal of the EU and enter into force 20 days later. The transposition time for Member States is 18 months. 

Some important issues in the 2nd EPBD recast: 

Members States agreed to develop national renovation strategies to achieve an energy efficient and decarbonised European building stock by 2050, setting mid-term goals with measurable indicators. The strategies shall also address healthy indoor climate conditions, fire safety and risks related to intense seismic activity. The directive encourages MS to link financial measures for energy efficiency to the quality of works, and certified performance improvements before and after the renovation.

The inspections of heating and air conditioning systems will be simplified, and member states have sole competence to decide on appropriate measures and frequency. Effective alternatives, such as advice can be put in place. The Council approved above an overall threshold of 70Kwh for inspections. 

The recast EPBD mandates the development a voluntary Smart Readiness Indicator and promotes digitalisation and smart technologies. Large buildings should be equipped with building automation and control systems by 2025 if economically and technically feasible.  

A detailed analysis of the new EPBD will follow in the April issue of the REHVA Journal.

COPERER approved the 2nd EPBD recast text

The EU ambassadors confirmed the political agreement on the revised directive on the energy performance of buildings on 31 January 2018. This decision confirms the provisional agreement reached on 19 December 2017 between the Estonian Presidency and European Parliament representatives.

The text goes now through a legal and language revision and supposed to be approved and enter into force in April 2018. After formal approval, the directive will be published in the Official Journal of the EU. The transposition period for this legislation is 20 months.

The inspections of heating and air conditioning systems will be simplified, and member states have sole competence to decide on appropriate measures and frequency. Effective alternatives, such as advice can be put in place. The Council approved above an overall threshold of 70Kwh for inspections. 

The recast EPBD mandates the development of a voluntary Smart Readiness Indicator and promotes digitalisation and smart technologies. Large buildings should be equipped with building automation and control systems by 2025 if economically and technically feasible.

Council positions approved

The Council of the European Union agreed on its position on a proposal for the EBD review on the Energy Council meeting on 26 June 2017. This agreement will allow for the start of negotiations with the European Parliament under the Estonian presidency that started on 1 July 2017. 

Major relevant points of the Council opinion:

• The Council keeps the 27% energy efficiency target, to be reviewed in 2020 having in mind the 30% option;

• Inspection: the Council approves the single 70 KWh threshold for the inspection of heating and air conditioning systems, but reintroduces to option of advice as alternative to inspection. BAC systems are considered as cost-effective alternative to inspections in large non-residential and multifamily buildings;

• Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI): the EC should develop a voluntary SRI scheme without having any negative impact on existing national EPC schemes, and build on related initiatives at national level;

• Annex 1 energy performance calculation: with reference to the overarching standard, the Council amendment states that this shall not require compliance with the standards. The description of national calculation methods shall remain voluntary in the national annexes.

Download the draft Council position here

REHVA comments on ITRE's draft report and ENVI's opinion

REHVA submitted its comments to the ITRE draft report prepared by rapporteur Bent Bendtsen on the Energy Performance of Building Directive, as well as to the ENVI draft opinion developed by the rapporteur Anneli Jäätteenmäki. ITRE has received 600 amendment proposals until the June deadline and is currently working on the final opinion scheduled for vote in October 2017.

Read the REHVA comments submitted to the two draft opinions here

ITRE and ENVI Committees’ Draft report on the EPBD review

The European Parliament ITRE Committee (Committee on Industry, Research and Energy) has published its draft report on the revised EPBD with amendments to the proposal of the Commission. Rapporteur, Bent Bentsen (EPP) is in favour of addressing IEQ and health aspects better within EPBD and is currently working on getting 500 votes in the EP to make their first reading amendment proposal politically strong. Read the ITRE Draft report here.

ENVI (Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety) prepared a separate draft opinion led by Anneli Jäätteenmäki (ALDE). ENVI especially focuses on healthy buildings, beside electro mobility stressing that energy efficient buildings must be properly ventilated and heated to maintain a healthy indoor environment. Read the ENVI Draft opinion here

REHVA will submit comments to both draft opinions that will be available on the REHVA website in June. ITRE will vote about the final opinion on 11 October 2017.

 

 

EPBD review - leaked legislative proposal

REHVA received the leaked version of the upcoming reviewed EPBD of the European Commission. This is not the official public version of the text; the approval of the formal version was postponed by the Commission and is supposed to be published end of 2016/early 2017 as part of a bigger energy legislation package. The complete leaked document can be downloaded in the REHVA website restricted area.

Major changes of the leaked document are: 

• Articles 14-15-16 on regular inspection and reporting about heating and air-conditioning systems will be deleted and replaced by obligations defined in Article 8. 

• Article 8 (Technical building systems) is significantly changed according to a revised definition of technical building systems. Obligations cover the integration of building automation and energy monitoring systems; introducing a smartness indicator and adding infrastructure for electro-mobility.

• Article 6 on new building is simplified, keeps only the obligation to meet minimum energy performance requirements.

• Annex I is updated and includes a binding reference on minimum IEQ requirements. However, they don’t define EU level requirements. “Energy need shall be calculated in order to ensure minimum environment levels that shall be defined at national or regional level.” 

The REHVA TRC will develop a position about the published final EPBD proposal and will collect comments from its member and supporters in the coming weeks. 

 

 

REHVA briefing about the EC legislative proposal on EPBD review

REHVA has received the draft of the EC legislative proposal and the impact assessment on EPBD expected to be published in October 2017. Hereby some notable changes are described. 

Article 8 on technical building systems include now former articles 14, 15 and 16, and now covers also the integration of building automation and energy monitoring systems. Within a service contract tender, EC will introduce a smartness indicator which will be calculated according to new Annex 1a. 

New items replacing the recent Article 8(2) point: 

  • The installer assesses overall energy performance of altered technical building systems and hand over the information to the building owner. Information are stored in EPC database.
  • Mandatory building automation and control systems by 1/1/2023 in case of:
  1. Non-residential buildings with a yearly primary energy use of > 250 MWh.
  2. Residential buildings with centralised technical building systems with a cumulated effective rated output of > 100 kW.

Article 6 on new buildings keeps only the obligation on energy performance requirements. Technical, environmental and economic feasibility of high-efficiency alternative systems are removed.

“Energy need shall be calculated in order to ensure minimum environment levels that shall be defined at national or regional level.” (updated Annex I) but no minimum IEQ requirements are defined.

EPBD review – High level stakeholder event, Brussels, 14 March 2016

DG Energy organised a high level stakeholder event on the Reviews of Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency (EED) and of Directive 2010/31/EU on energy performance on buildings (EPBD). REHVA was represented by a delegation of Jarek Kurnitski, Vice-president, Anita Derjanecz, Policy and Project Officer and Sara Kassam, CIBSE. DG Energy presented the results of internal evaluation of the directive and the different policy options for the review. The meeting presentations are available in the DG ENER website.

 

DG ENER meeting - Action 5 “New materials and technologies for energy efficiency solutions for buildings, 14 February 2016, Brussels

The new SET Plan proposes 10 actions that contribute to achieve the R&I objectives of the Energy Union. In order to translate these actions into concrete work the European Commission organised a stakeholder meeting to discuss the proposed strategic objectives followed by the development of implementation plans.

The result of the consultation process will be agreements with stakeholders on strategic targets/priorities in each of the action areas, as well as on implementation plans that will aim to deliver the agreed targets/priorities. Implementation plans will contain recommendations for R&I activities at European, national and regional levels; concrete and refocused commitments of private sector stakeholders and research organisations, as well as joint work between all stakeholders.

REHVA submitted an input paper on the working document.

REHVA contribution to JRC report on healthy and efficient buildings

The EU Joint Research Center (JRC) is prepared a report on "Promoting healthy and energy efficient buildings in the European Union" analysing IAQ and health related aspects of the EPBD implementation and defining recommendations for the recent EPBD review. REHVA experts extensively contributed to the preparation of the report and its recommendations that will be also used for further REHVA advocacy actions and a REHVA Position paper to be elaborated by the Technical and Research Committee by April 2016.

The final draft report and the summary of the recommendations are available in the EU Policy Tracking section of the REHVA website.

EU voluntary certification scheme for non-residential buildings

The consortium in charge of the work that is led by CSTB (French Building Research Institute) held its first meeting on 14 January 2016 in Paris to present the work schedule and discuss the first draft documents prepared by the consortium:

1. A "legislative part" on the overall organisation and the role of the different actors

2. An operational manual about with technical requirements of the VCS (e.g. the CEN standards, the scale).

REHVA expressed its interest in getting involved in the training of energy auditors certified by the scheme built on the outcomes of the PROF-TRAC platform joining REHVA Member Associations. The consortium is open to further discuss the possibility. Next meeting in planned in April 2016.

The meeting document and minutes are available in the EU Policy Tracking section of the REHVA website.