With 97% of EU buildings in need of renovation, the EU Renovation Wave Initiative and the upcoming targeted revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) represent a true opportunity to boost both energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality that cannot be missed: by making the most of an appropriate indoor air quality, human-centric lighting, acoustic, thermal comfort and control and automation systems, the health and well-being of the occupants will be improved and productivity gains delivered.
We call upon EU policymakers to:
- Set mandatory minimum requirements for indoor environmental quality in the upcoming revision of the EPBD and accelerate the replacement of old systems.
- Support reduced aerosolised transmission of respiratory infections.
- Introduce a Deep Renovation Standard in the EPBD that includes minimum IEQ Performance Requirements.
- Include IEQ as part of an updated framework for the Energy Performance Certificates in the upcoming revision of the EPBD.
- Set requirements for the inspection of technical building systems.
- Set requirements to ensure the deployment of smart technologies for healthy buildings and an improved smart readiness indicator (SRI).
- Include indoor environmental quality indicators in the EU Building Stock Observatory.
- Incentivise training and certification schemes for building professionals, such as designers and installers and Facility Managers.
- Ensure the enforcement of Member States’ Long-term Renovation Strategies (LTRSs).
- Set mandatory minimum requirements from 2025 for new and existing buildings of continuous monitoring, evaluation and reporting of IEQ parameters
The Statement is available below.