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Energy Performance of Buildings

 

What is it?

Adopted on 19 May 2010, recast Directive 2010/31/EU is today’s regulatory framework addressing energy consumption of new and existing buildings in Europe.  On the basis of a comparative methodology framework (Commission Delegated Regulation 244/2012/EU), member states implement the EPBD, setting minimum requirements for both, the envelope and the technical systems of new buildings, as well as existing buildings when these undergo major renovation.  In addition, member states should establish a certification scheme, including information on energy performance and recommendations for cost improvements, and require regular inspection of boilers and air conditioning systems.  Finally, the Directive foresees that all new buildings must be nearly zero-energy consumption buildings by 31 December 2020.

 

Why is it important?

Given that nearly 40% of final energy consumption is spent in buildings, this sector offers an important potential for realising substantial energy efficiency improvements in the light of the EU’s 20/20/20 energy targets.  Orgalime’s industries already provide technology solutions improving the energy efficiency of buildings.  Indeed, new ‘intelligent’ building management systems help to reduce energy costs and CO2 emissions by 20-30%.  Building automation systems (BAS), intelligent networks of electronic devices, that monitor and control the energy supply, lighting systems, heating, cooling, air handling and water management, as well as security systems in an integrated network, are significantly reducing maintenance and energy costs.

 

Our viewpoint

Given that new buildings represent only about 1% of the housing stock annually, over 80% of the buildings existing today will still exist in 2020.  The refurbishment of all existing buildings, including technical installations and equipment inside the building, should therefore be the top priority if the EU wishes to achieve its policy objectives.

As regards the implementation of the EPBD, we support:

  • A full and harmonised implementation of all provisions of the Directive in all member states.
  • Consistency and coherence with other EU legislation, in particular Eco design requirements for products that compose technical building systems.
  • Easier access to financing schemes to increase refurbishment of all buildings and to improve the access to energy efficient technologies.
  • Promoting changes in consumption patterns of consumers and professional end users through active control systems, intelligent metering and training of all actors in the building chain. 
  • An extended use of energy performance contracting which enables the financing of energy saving measures and investments through future energy savings.

 

How we’ve been engaged

Besides the commitment of our industries to develop technological solutions to cut the existing energy consumption levels of buildings, Orgalime has been involved in the legislative process of the recast EPBD (2010/31/EU).  We are following the implementation of the EPBD, especially for the establishment of the comparative methodology framework for calculating minimum energy performance requirements and the financing of energy efficiency measures for buildings.

In addition, Orgalime is actively contributing to discussions on the energy efficiency of buildings in various contexts, such as the Energy Efficiency Directive, the Commission Communication of the competitiveness of the construction sector, the Smart Cities Communication and the Electra Report.

 

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