What is the EPBD and the Renovation Wave?
The 2010 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) aims to reduce the energy consumption of buildings. It sets several obligations to Member States, among which: that all new buildings must be nearly zero energy buildings (NZEB) by 31 December 2020, that minimum energy performance requirements must be set for new buildings, for the major renovation of buildings and for the replacement or retrofit of building elements (including heating and cooling systems), and that compulsory inspection schemes must be established for heating and air conditioning systems (or equivalent measures).
A revised version of the 2010 EPBD9 was transposed by Member States in March 2020. The revised Directive aims to accelerate building renovation rates by reinforcing provisions on long-term building renovation strategies (submitted in March 2020), with a view to decarbonising the building stock by mid-century.
The EC also published the “Renovation Wave’ initiative in October 2020 in order to make renovation a priority by addressing efficiency and affordability, the electrification of buildings and carbon pricing for heat and energy taxation. The Communication will now be discussed by the EU Institutions, who will consider legislative, non-legislative and other actions which could be taken to further the goals of the Renovation Wave.14
Why is it important for HPs?
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