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Energy Performance of Building Directive

Infographic on EPBD

A revised text of the Energy Performance of Building Directive (Directive 2010/31/EU), which is the most important legislative instrument of recent years for improving the energy efficiency of Europe's buildings, was part of the Clean Energy for all Europeans package presented by the European Commission in November 2016. The main goal of the EPBD is to improve the energy performance of buildings by creating a demand-driven market for energy efficient buildings, by providing information through certification and inspection, by setting minimum building energy performance requirements and by providing measures for the transition to a nearly zero-energy building stock.

The Directive has a direct impact on the flat glass industry as it regulates one of its most important market of reference: the building sector. In the Impact Assessment accompanying the proposal, the flat glass industry is considered among the sectors which will benefit the most from the revised EPBD. Glass for Europe welcomed that the European Commission acknowledged the role of the industry in delivering energy savings solutions for the building sector, but remains cautious about the real impact of the proposed measures. As a matter of fact, the European Commission did not want to deeply review the directive and abstained from proposing concrete measure to improve the effectiveness of the legislation.

Study on Window minimum performance requirementsThe EPBD left a lot of flexibility to Member States in laying down the Directive requirements. Member States have to apply a cost-optimal methodology for setting minimum requirements for both the envelope and the technical systems. This has to be based on the EC’s methodology on cost-optimal levels of minimum energy performance requirements for buildings and building elements

Glass for Europe believes that targeted measures in four essential areas are needed to address the well-known market and regulatory failures hampering thermal renovation of buildings.

Read the position paper
Making Europe’s buildings highly energy efficient
Glass for Europe - Postion paper MARCH 2017

Download the infographic
Windows of energy efficiency opportunities
Glass for Europe - Infographic MARCH 2017

Read the Study on Minimum performance requirements for window:
Minimum performance requirements for window replacement in the residential sector

Glass for Europe - Ecofys Study MAY 2017

Significant energy saving potential of windows impeded by an inadequate EU policy framework
Glass for Europe - Press release MAY 2017 

Highlights on EPBD

Renewable energy is too valuable to be wasted
Glass for Europe - Joint statement SEPTEMBER 2017

Renewable energy is too valuable to be wasted
Glass for Europe - Joint Infographic SEPTEMBER 2017 

The european ‘building envelope’ industry position on upscaling deep renovation in the clean energy package
Glass for Europe - Joint Position Paper APRIL 2017

More actionable measures needed to meet high energy efficiency expectations in the building sector
Glass for Europe - Press release NOVEMBER 2016

Revising the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Tapping the potential of windows
Glass for Europe - Joint Position Paper NOVEMBER 2016

Business leaders call for an EU vision for the building sector: NZEB level building stock by 2050
Glass for Europe - Joint Letter SEPTEMBER 2016

Follow-up EPBD/EED stakeholder conference 14 March
Glass for Europe - Joint Letter APRIL 2016

Response to EPBD consulation
Glass for Europe - Answer to EC consultation OCTOBER 2015

 

Other materials made available by Glass for Europe to better understand the EPBD: