The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, originally introduced in 2002 and recast in 2010 (Directive 2010/31/EU), is a directive of the European Commission that obliges EU Member States to set minimum energy performance standards for new and reconstructed buildings. Furthermore, the Directive obliges each Member State to introduce energy performance certificates.
When an existing dwelling changes owner or tenant, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) requires that this energy performance certificate has to be shown to the new owner or tenant. The certificate includes an energy performance label and in most Member States it also includes recommendations for cost-effective energy saving measures.
First signals of the implementation of the EPBD show little impact on energy performance improvement by home owners. This while an economic energy savings potential does certainly exist; many improvements pay itself back within a few years.
The energy saving measures recommended as part of the energy performance certificate are not mandatory measures. It is assumed that a home owner’s decision process is mainly based on financial savings. Unfortunately experience has shown that cost-effective saving measures are often not carried out.
Therefore, the risk exists that a large part of the energy saving potential in existing dwellings will not be realised under the EPBD. This is especially relevant as private dwellings represent about 60% of the energy saving potential in existing buildings and 75% of the housing stock in Europe.
To understand how this energy saving potential can be realised with the EPBD, the IDEAL-EPBD project has been initiated.
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The International Workshop of IDEAL-EPBD will be organised September 14, 2011 in Brussels. Click here for more information!