Date & Location: 11.01.2022

[Webinar] US-EU exchange: Building standards and codes to drive renovation

What is the status of standards and codes for buildings in the EU and the US? Why are they key for achieving highly energy-efficient new and renovated buildings?

This event has passed. You can find the presentations here and watch the recording of the webinar below.

When? January 11th, 4-5.45pm CET | 10-11.45am EST

At just 1% annually, the current renovation rate of Europe’s building stock is off track to reaching carbon-neutrality by 2050 – 97% of existing buildings are currently inefficient. Reaching EU targets will therefore require ambitious action. Projected scenarios show that achieving climate-neutrality by 2050 will require the annual renovation rate to increase to 3%, with 70% of total renovations being “deep” renovations.

To date, renovations largely take place on a voluntary basis – there is no uniform obligation on member states and local authorities to renovate buildings, and engaging both building owners and the financial sector is a lengthy and uneven process. However, building standards and codes, which can be defined as a comprehensive set of interconnected regulations that are designed to govern new construction or renovations, are potential paths to support and boost renovations. 

The EPBD (2018) launched the discussion of making minimum requirements mandatory, as they can be effective instruments to achieve the European Union’s long-term targets of achieving a highly efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050.

Speakers from both sides of the Atlantic discussed the status of standards and codes in the EU and the US and how they can be key for achieving highly energy-efficient buildings, new and renovated. 


Introduction to codes and standards

  • Overview of European codes and standards in buildings – Dimitrios Athanasiou, Energy Efficiency Policy Officer, DG ENER, European Commission
  • American building codes and standards – David Nemtzow, Director, Building Technologies Office, US Department of Energy

Session 1: Codes for new construction

  • Codes for New Construction: Setting the Baseline for Performance – Amy Boyce, Associate Director, Codes and Technical Strategy, Institute for Market Transformation
  • European energy performance of buildings standards: Jaap Hogeling, Manager for international standards at ISSO, Expert at EPB Center
  • Q+A session

Session 2: Standards for building renovation

  • The use of minimum energy performance standards to renovate Europes existing buildings – Louise Sunderland, Senior Advisory, Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Michael Freedberg, Senior Advisor for High performance Building, US Department of Housing and Development, Office Energy and Environment
  • Q+A session

Closing remarks
– Oliver Rapf, Executive Director, BPIE


Dimitrios Athanasiou, Energy Efficiency Policy Officer, DG ENER, European Commission

Dimitrios Athanasiou is a Civil Engineer with a Masters Degree in International Construction Management. He has also graduated the National School of Public Administration in Greece.
He joined the European Commission 5 years ago as a policy officer in the Buildings Team of the Energy Efficieny Unit in DG Energy. His work focuses on the proper implementation of the Energy Performace of Buildings Directive, in particular on the monitoring of the calculation methdologies, the long-term renovation strategies and the nearly zero-energy buildings uptake within the EU.
Prior to joining the European Commission he worked as a Minister’s Consultant for almost 8 years in the area of energy efficiency in the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy. He also worked for several years in different positions in the public sector and in the private sector where he practiced civil enginnering.

Louise Sunderland, Senior Advisory, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)

Louise Sunderland is a researcher, advisor, and policy analyst who has worked on energy efficiency and sustainability in the energy and buildings sectors for more than 10 years.
Throughout her career, Ms. Sunderland has worked closely with the energy industry and the design and construction industry, the nonprofit sector, and policymakers on research and policy development, most recently for the UK Green Building Council. Her expertise covers energy efficiency in the existing building stock and energy and sustainability standards in new buildings and places. She has a strong focus on the consumer and issues of equity in the energy transition. She is an external expert for the European Commission and has served as an expert witness to provide evidence to the United Kingdom’s House of Lords.
Ms. Sunderland earned a Master of Science from Imperial College London in environmental technologies and received the BP Prize for Strategic Thinking. She also holds an undergraduate degree and a Master of Arts in English. Before moving into the energy field, she spent her early career working in international development and community development.

David Nemtzow, Director, Building Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

As Director of BTO, David leads this $290 million per year office that develops innovative, cost-effective energy efficiency, demand flexibility and CO2-mitigating R&D, market-facing projects, deployment, regulations and other solutions for building technologies, equipment, systems, whole buildings and communities. 
Previously, he was Director-General of the New South Wales, Australia Department of Energy, Utilities, and Sustainability; President of the Alliance to Save Energy, and Chief Policy Officer of Ice Energy, Inc. He has a master’s from Harvard University in public policy and a bachelor’s from Brown University in environmental policy.

Amy Boyce, Associate Director, Codes and Technical Strategy, Institute for Market Transformation

Amy is IMT’s Associate Director of Codes and Technical Strategy. As such, she develops and deploys local, state, and national level strategies to achieve broad-scale transformation through codes and building technology.
Amy’s extensive experience in the DC market has spanned the areas of building design and construction, sustainability, and energy efficiency. Her work includes the role of Director of Engineering at Green Generation Solutions, where she led a team in performing energy audits and designing solutions for energy and cost savings for a variety of commercial buildings. Prior to that, Amy worked as a mechanical engineer and served as the Technical Specialist for all energy-related credits in the LEED department at the U.S. Green Building Council.
Amy earned her MBA from Georgetown University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. She is a licensed engineer, Certified Energy Manager, and a LEED AP.

Jaap Hogeling, Manager for international standards at ISSO, Expert at EPB Center

Jaap advises on international projects and standards at ISSO (the Netherlands Building Research Institute) and has been active for over 40 years in the area of building services (HVAC and other systems in buildings) as managing director of ISSO. Jaap is currently supporting the EPB Center. He has been active for over 30 years in the international standardisation work in CEN (the European Standard Organisation) and ISO (the International Standard Organisation) in the area of HVAC systems, energy, energy-efficiency and performance and thermal performance of buildings and indoor environmental quality. Since 2003 he is the chairperson of CEN/TC371 “ Energy performance of buildings” related to EPBD M/480, a mandate from the EU-Commission to CEN regarding the implementation of the EPBD (Energy Performance Buildings Directive) in the building regulations in the EU-member States. Parallel to this, he is active at ISO level via a Joint Working Group of the two related ISO groups (ISO/TC163 & 205).

Michael Freedberg, Senior Advisor for High Performance Buildings, Office of Environment and Energy, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Michael Freedberg is Senior Advisor for High Performance Building in HUD’s Office of Environment and Energy. He has led bipartisan efforts to lower HUD’s annual $6.9 billion energy and water bill, including the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities under the Obama Administration, and previously as Chair of the agency’s Energy Task Force.  He has extensive experience in building efficiency and sustainable development, including the first solar and wind energy projects in New York City, energy retrofits of multifamily housing in Chicago, and award-winning transit-oriented development in that city. He has degrees in architecture and urban planning.
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