Recommendations on how EU countries should implement the revised building renovation aspects of the Energy performance of buildings directive (EPBD) have been published by the European Commission today. In response to requests for clarification from Member States as they seek to transpose the new and revised provisions into national law, this document provides guidance as to how these elements should be read and can be best applied.
The amendments to the EPBD agreed last year create a clear path towards achieving a low and zero-emission building stock in the Union by 2050, underpinned by national roadmaps with milestones and domestic progress indicators, and by public and private financing and investment. Member States must now adopt national long-term renovation strategies with a solid finance component to ensure the renovation of existing buildings into highly energy efficient and decarbonised buildings and facilitating the cost-effective transformation of all existing buildings into nearly zero-energy buildings. The aim of these Recommendations is to ensure a uniform understanding across Member States in the preparation of their transposition measures, keeping in mind that this does not alter the legal effects of the directive itself.
Full transposition and effective implementation of the amended EPBD is fundamental to support the achievement of 2030 energy efficiency targets and to put the Union on track for the full decarbonisation of national building stocks by 2050.
A second Commission Recommendation will cover new and revised EPBD provisions related to modernisation, including building automation and controls, e-mobility and inspections.
The revisions to the EPBD was the first dossier in the Clean energy for all Europeans package to be adopted, entering into force on 9 July 2018. Member States have until 10 March 2020 to transpose the new and revised provisions of the directive into national law