In addition to setting minimum requirements for the energy performance of new buildings, Member States must make a detailed definition of a Nearly Zero-Energy Building (NZEB) and implement the corresponding requirements. Firstly, the implementation of NZEBs is to be for all new public buildings by the end of 2018 and then for all new buildings by the end of 2020. New buildings include, in many cases, innovative building and building services system technologies and advanced energy management systems. Both the EPBD and the RES Directive stimulate the use of Renewable Energy Systems in new buildings.
Within the Concerted Action EPBD, Core Team 1 focuses on new buildings and their technical building systems. Core Team 1 first of all supports work on:
Definitions (EPBD Article 2):
New buildings (EPBD Article 6)
Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (EPBD Article 9)
Core Team 1 also supports other parts of the EPBD, dealt with primarily by other Concerted Action teams. These elements are primarily:
Methodology for calculating the energy performance of buildings (EPBD Article 3)
Minimum energy performance requirements (EPBD Article 4)
Technical building systems (EPBD Article 8)
The EPBD Concerted Action activities of CT 1 ‘New buildings’ support the Member States in the exchange of experiences in high performance buildings (ranging from low energy buildings to passive houses, zero-energy and zero-emission buildings, and even energy surplus houses).
Topics for discussion include the most common building and service system solutions, calculation methods, promotional means, available subsidies and other incentives, supporting documents (e.g. guidelines), etc., as well as study tours to interact with experts at national administrations and visits to relevant sites.
The different national applications of the definition of nearly zero-energy buildings are presented and compared: front-runner countries receive feedback and other countries gather inspiration for their own application.
Through such information exchange, Member State participants further support each other in the development of the national plans for increasing the number of Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings.