Clean buildings for all — helping consumers through the energy renovation maze

In 2016, the European Commission proposed in its ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ Package a targeted review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), dating back from 2010. This year is therefore the time for negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council. It is interesting to notice that all three institutions agreed that action on buildings, especially the renovation of the existing stock, is of the utmost importance if the EU wants to achieve its decarbonisation objective.

For EuroACE, one of the missing elements in the EPBD Review is an improvement of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). Designed as an information tool for owners and tenants about the energy performance of their building, EPCs cannot currently be considered as sufficiently useful to trigger more renovations. This session will bring together different perspectives on the topic, in order to find the best way to integrate solutions in the legislation which will be negotiated at the exact same time, and how to make EPCs evolove into Building Renovation Passports.

In fact, buildings are important for the EU Energy Union project, as they use 40% of the energy and emit almost 40% of all GHG emissions. Buildings are also important for all of us as consumers and citizens, as we spend 90% of our lives indoors. Finally, buildings are important for the economy, as the construction sector represents more than 9% of the EU GDP and provides 18 million jobs. As for energy efficiency, it has been put “first” by the European Commission in its Package in November 2016, reflecting “the fact that the cheapest and cleanest source of energy is the energy that does not need to be produced or used.” The event will also touch upon the topical issue of the digitalisation of the energy policy.

Attending this session, you will in one go, learn more about a new concept for advising consumers on energy renovation of buildings, get to experience a prototype of Building Renovation Passport, receive feedback from existing experiences at the local level, and have the possibility to exchange with policymakers and other stakeholders on how all this could directly impact ongoing negotiations on legislation.