Europe lagging behind on low-energy buildings

Member states are not doing enough to promote buildings consuming low amounts of energy, a forthcoming European Commission report will state

EU member states are not doing enough to increase the number of buildings consuming low amounts of energy, a forthcoming European Commission report will state.

The revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) requires all new buildings to consume ‘nearly zero-energy’ from 2021. Those owned and occupied by the public sector organisations must comply by 2019.

Member states must prepare national plans stipulating how the nearly zero-energy definition is applied according to local conditions. The plans must also provide a performance indicator expressed in kilowatt hours per square metre and list relevant policies such as financial incentives and building standards.

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