|Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)|
Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (Directive 2010/31/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 May 2010 on the energy performance of buildings - EPBD) was partly designed to meet the 20 % indicative target for energy efficiency improvements under the 2020 climate and energy package.
Provisions of the EPBD:
- include the requirement for Member States to develop energy performance certificates to be included in all advertisements for the sale or rental of buildings,
- establish inspection schemes for heating and air-conditioning systems (or put in place measures with equivalent effect),
- set minimum energy performance requirements for new buildings, for the major renovation of buildings and for the replacement or retrofit of building elements; and
- draw up lists of national financial measures to improve the energy efficiency of buildings.
EPBD will continue to apply in the decade 2020 - 2030.
On 30 November 2016, the European Commission adopted a ‘Clean energy for all Europeans’ package (known also as the ‘Winter Energy Package’), consisting of eight legislative proposals and other actions to help the EU meet its 2030 energy and climate goals.
The above package included also the Commission proposal for a targeted revision of the EPBD (Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings, COM/2016/0765 final - 2016/0381 (COD)).
The said proposal maintains the key features of the existing EPBD, nevertheless, it:
- modernises and streamlines some requirements,
- introduces binding obligations on electro-mobility requirements in buildings,
- introduces a ‘smartness indicator’ that assesses the technological capability of buildings in energy self-production and consumption, and
- sets clearer requirements for national databases on energy performance certificates.
The revised framework included the obligation that all new buildings must be nearly zero-energy buildings by 2021 (‘nZEB’).
An obligation is introduced to provide documentation on the overall energy performance after any technical building systems are installed, replaced or upgraded.
More cumbersome and less crucial obligations under the existing EPBD were removed.
Directive (EU) 2018/844 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 amending Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings and Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency has been published in the EU Official Journal (L156) on 19 June 2018 with the date of entry into force on 9 July 2018.
The final text of the Directive, however, supports the rollout of the infrastructure for e-mobility in all buildings to a lesser extent than in the Commission's proposal.
EU countries have to transpose the new elements of the Directive into national law within 20 months.
Policy Department A: Economic and Scientifc Policy, Directorate-General for Internal Policies, Study for the ITRE Committee, Boosting building renovation: What potential value for Europe?, European Parliament, October 2016
|Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2019 19:00|