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EPBD recast – Key documents and tools to be up to date on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

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EPBD recast – Key documents and tools to be up to date on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

15 May 2024
With the final goal of achieving a decarbonised building sector by 2050, the recent approval of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive has elicited reactions from different players in the energy and construction ecosystem. Check the updated documents released by the European Commission and some insights and tools from relevant stakeholders in the field.
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On April 12, 2024, the European directive targeting climate neutrality in buildings by 2050, while also addressing energy poverty through a series of progressive steps, received approval. The European Commission, via its various entities, has released several pertinent documents on this and related matters. These are the most notable ones, regularly updated:

European Commission press release on revised EPBD

European Council press release on revised EPBD

The revised Energy Performance in Buildings Directive

An overview of the directive

A factsheet on the EPBD

Improved EU Building Stock Observatory

New ecodesign rules for local space heaters

Tools and reflections to address the EPBD recast

Follow a periodically updated list of links to stakeholders' reactions, comments, and reflections on the directive's approval, along with tools developed to address its challenges more effectively:

FEDARENE (the European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and Environment) welcomes the EPBD for its strides in addressing energy efficiency in buildings but regrets the lack of binding renovation timelines and a ban on fossil fuel heating and cooling systems.

BPIE (Buildings Performance Institute Europe), a foremost independent authority on the energy performance of buildings, published a paper that provides an overview of the forthcoming updates to the Directive. 

EuroACE (the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings) welcomes the adoption of EPBD for advancing EU competitiveness and energy security, with strong support for its provisions aimed at achieving climate goals through enhanced energy efficiency in buildings.

EBC (the European Builder Confederation) sees the recast of the EPBD as vital for enhancing renovation in the construction sector but stresses the importance of efficient, inclusive transposition at national levels and careful development of secondary legal acts by the European Commission.

REHVA (The Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Associations) assesses the directive as a significant step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy poverty, and dependence on imported fossil fuels in the EU, with provisions aiming to make 'zero-emissions' the standard for new buildings and phase out fossil fuels from heating. REHVA also published a guide on implementing the EPBD.

More news about the directive

EPBD recast - Unlocking the potential of rooftops for clean solar energy

EPBD discussed at the România Eficientă Forum

Various authors
Policy and Regulatory Frameworks
Building Renovation
Nearly zero-energy buildings
Financial support for energy efficiency in buildings, research and innovation
Energy efficiency technologies and solutions
Heating, Ventilation and Cooling