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REVISED DIRECTIVE ON THE ENERGY PERFORMANCE OF BUILDINGS
The review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) amends Directive 2010/31/EU and it complements measures under the Energy Efficiency Directive as well as EU legislation on energy efficiency of products. It is part of the "Clean Energy for all Europeans" package presented by the European Commission on 30 November 2016.
This update of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive was proposed by the European Commission (EC) to help promote the use of smart technology in buildings and to streamline the existing rules. The EC also published a new buildings database “the EU Building Stock Observatory” to track the energy performance of buildings across Europe.
Council agreed on a negotiating position on the revised energy
performance of buildings directive in June
2017. Negotiations with
the European Parliament
followed until December 2017, when the EC proposal became a provisional
political agreement reached also between negotiators from the European
Parliament and the Council. As a result, a series of measures are
added to the current Directive which will improve
energy efficiency in buildings
and encourage to speed-up the cost-effective renovation work of existing
The inspections of heating and air condition systems are also simplified. The Directive will also introduce automation, and electromobility into its scope. These will be promoted by creating parking spaces for electric vehicles.
buildings account for 40% of the total energy consumption in
Europe, decarbonising the existing highly inefficient European
is also one of the long term goals of this Directive.
On the 31st of January 2018, EU ambassadors confirmed the political agreement reached between the Estonian presidency and the European Parliament in December 2017 on the revised Directive on the energy performance of buildings.
Download the final compromise text with a view to 2018 agreement from the website of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union here (pdf).