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On 30 March 2021, the European Commission launched an open public consultation on revising the Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) in the context of the European Green Deal ambition to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. The feedback from this consultation will feed into the Commission’s preparation of legislative proposals for revising the directive, which is intended for publication before the end of the year. The consultation is available here in the period 30 March 2021 - 22 June 2021. For more information: https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/public-consultation-launched-revising-energy-performance-buildings-directive-2021-mar-30_en...

Two regulations on the Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) for buildings, published by DG ENER in Eur-Lex on 21 December 2020, entered into force on 10 January 2021: Regulation (EU) 2020/2155 for the Delegated Act – establishing an optional common European scheme (definition and calculation methodology) Regulation (EU) 2020/2156 for the Implementing Act – detailing the different technical implementation modalities...

In 2020, the European Commission presented its ‘Renovation Wave’ strategy to boost energy renovation of buildings in the EU. This strategy contains an action plan with: regulatory, financing and enabling measures; and the goal of at least doubling the annual energy renovation rate of buildings by 2030. This goal requires, among others, a revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (Directive 2010/31/EU, EPBD) with focus on provisions that are central to boosting building renovation. The Commission usually provides a roadmap to define the scope of the envisaged revision. The roadmap describes the problem to be tackled and objectives to be met, explains why EU action is needed, outlines policy options and describes the main features of the consultation strategy. In the case of the EPBD revision, the roadmap is replaced by an inception impact assessment. The aim of this assessment is to analyse in more detail the issue to be addressed, whether...

On 14 Οctober 2020, the European Commission published its Renovation Wave Strategy to improve the energy performance of buildings. With this, the Commission initiates a series of actions to double renovation rates in the next ten years, in order to cut emissions, boost recovery and reduce energy poverty, among which: Introducing stronger regulations, standards and information on the energy performance of buildings: the 2021 review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive will include a phased introduction of mandatory minimum energy performance standards for existing buildings and the possible introduction of a deep renovation standard, updated rules for Energy Performance Certificates, a possible extension of building renovation requirements for the public sector and a proposal on Building Renovation Passports and Digital Building Logbooks; the 2021 review of the Renewable Energy Directive will consider strengthening the renewable heating and cooling target and introducing a minimum renewable energy level in buildings. Ensuring...

With the ambition to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050, the European Commission presented on 11 December 2019 the European Green Deal. This European Commission communication is a package of measures which reset the Commission’s commitment to tackling climate and environmental-related challenges, transforming the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use. It aims to protect, conserve and enhance the EU's natural capital, and protect the health and well-being of citizens from environment-related risks and impacts. Among the proposed measures, the European Grean Deal includes the following ambitions in relation to the buildings sector: engaging in a ‘renovation wave’ of private and public buildings; enforcing the legislation related to the energy performance of buildings; launching work on the possibility of including emissions from buildings...

The public stakeholder workshop on one-stop-shops on Tuesday 10 March 2020 has unfortunately has been CANCELLED due to the escalating situation with the spread of the COVID-19 virus across Europe. We hope for your understanding in this unfortunate situation. CA EPBD is organising a public stakeholder workshop on one-stop-shops on Tuesday 10 March 2020, in Sofia. This public event will present successful examples of integrated home renovation services. An overview of one-stop shops across Europe will be provided by the European Commission, and expert speakers from EU funded projects will participate in a roundtable discussion. There will be opportunities for questions and interaction with the audience. More information and a detailed agenda of the event are available here.  ...

The CA EPBD 2015-2018 has collected a wealth of information useful to EPBD national policy experts and other stakeholders. All  key public outputs of the CA EPBD 2015-2018 are gathered in and accessible through one single database, structured around Countries/Regions and Themes. To visit the database go to https://epbd-ca.eu/database-of-outputs...

Two important compilations of the CA EPBD 2015-2018 have just been released: - A compilation of all 34 Country/Region Reports on the status of implementation of the EPBD in 2016-2017. The PDF file of Country reports can be accessed here. - A compilation of all 7 Thematic Reports, summarising the insights from the discussions that took place in the CA EPBD between 2015 and 2018. The PDF file of Thematic reports can be accessed here....

Aiming to ensure a uniform understanding across Member States in the preparation of their transposition measures and effective implementation of the amended Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), the European Commission published Recommendations on how EU countries should implement the revised EPBD building renovation provisions into national law. The guidance documents are available at https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1557992239852&uri=CELEX:32019H0786. More information at https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/commission-guidance-how-implement-revised-energy-performance-buildings-directive-provisions-building-renovation-2019-may-16_en...