All new buildings to be 'near-zero-energy' by 2020

EU governments and MEPs struck a political deal on Tuesday on plans to revise the 2002 energy performance of buildings directive that will force all new buildings constructed after 2020 to consume "near-zero-energy".

Near-zero-energy buildings are defined under the agreement as constructions that have "a very high energy performance". Any energy that they use should come "to a very large extent" from renewable sources generated "either on-site or nearby".

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