Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Adopted on 19 June 2018, the recast Directive 2018/844 amends the previous Energy performance of Buildings (EPBD) Directive 2010/31/EU. This Directive transposes Article 4 of the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU), on building renovation for coherence. The renovation of the building stock will be addressed in a long-term strategy for 2050, which will be integrated to national energy and climate plans.

The new directive moves to integrate technological developments to the building stock, such as self-regulating devices, e-vehicle charging infrastructure and mainstreaming BACS by 2025 for non-residential buildings. The directive introduces a new smart readiness indicator which will measure the adaptability of the building to the needs of the occupant. It will be optional for member states to implement this indicator.

The directive includes two new provisions on the use of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to assess the energy savings from renovations financed with public support by comparing EPCs before and after renovation; and EPCs databases will allow data gathering on measured or calculated energy consumption.

Lastly, the directive raised the threshold for regular inspections of accessible parts of air conditioning and heating systems, combined space heating, combined air-conditioning systems, and ventilation systems, with an effective rated output of 70 kW for both heating and cooling.

GCP Europe and AIE have jointly produced a series of Implementation Recommendations for the EPBD. The Implementation Recommendations will serve as policy tool for Member States during the phase of the implementation of the new EPBD Directive at national level.

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