Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and Energy Efficiency Directive 2010 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive represent EU’s main legislation when it comes to reducing the energy consumption of buildings. Latest news concerning EU’s energy efficiency projects, strategies, conferences, forums, and energy efficiency activities can be found on Directorate-General for Energy in the European Commission web site.

Energy Efficiency Directive (EFD) establishes a common framework of measures for the promotion of energy efficiency within the Union in order to ensure the achievement of the Union’s 2020 20 % headline target on energy efficiency and to pave the way for further energy efficiency improvements beyond that date. It can be found from this Directive that buildings represent 40 % of the Union’s final energy consumption, according to the Council conclusions of 10 June 2011 on the Energy Efficiency Plan 2011. Moreover, buildings are crucial to achieving the Union objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95 % by 2050 compared to 1990. In Chapter II, article 4, EFD stresses that Member States shall establish a long-term strategy for mobilizing investment in the renovation of the national stock of residential and commercial buildings, both public and private. Each Member State shall ensure that, as from 1 January 2014, 3 % of the total floor area of heated and/or cooled buildings owned and occupied by its central government is renovated each year, according to In Chapter II, article 5(1). In ANNEX VI of EFD guide lines for energy audits are given. An energy audit must comprise a detailed review of the energy consumption profile of buildings. It is better to build, whenever possible, on life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA) instead of Simple Payback Periods (SPP) in order to take account of long-term savings. Energy audits shall allow detailed and validated calculations for the proposed measures so as to provide clear information on potential savings.

Final Report of the study “Energy performance certificates in buildings and their impact on transaction prices and rents in selected EU countries”, presented by European Commission (DG Energy), emphases the effect of one-letter improvement in EPC rating across property markets.

Rising of buildings price in some of UE cities with one-letter improvement in Energy Performance Certificate, image source:

Building permit will require a study of energy efficiency For new building, the planning permission issued by public authorities in order to obtain the building permit, will require the preparation of a study on the possible use of high-efficiency alternative systems in addition to complying with minimum energy performance requirements. This is one of the modifications … read more

Legislative specifications to reduce energy consumption of buildings Ministry of Development has proposed a number of important legislative changes in order to aid our country to achieve the targets for 2020 concerning buildings with low energy consumption for heating / cooling, hot water, lighting and appliances. Those legislative changes are … read more

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