Future-proof buildings for all Europeans – a guide to implement the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Two-thirds (65%) of the European building stock was built before 1980: about 97% of the EU’s buildings must be upgraded to achieve the 2050 decarbonisation goal, but only 0.4-1.2% are renovated each year.

A more efficient, technically equipped and smarter building stock could be the cornerstone of a decarbonised energy system.

Buildings have the potential to be at the forefront of providing flexibility to the energy system, through energy production, control, storage and demand response, as well as green charging stations for electric vehicles. This can only happen if a systemic upgrade of the building stock is achieved.

The recent amendments [2018/844] to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) [2010/31/EU] set a clear direction for the full decarbonisation of the European building stock by 2050. It provides a clear goal for Member States and the tools to achieve it.

However, implementation is rarely a straightforward task:  this comprehensive toolkit provides guidance, tips, case studies and templates to support and inspire EU Member States to meet this challenge.

Long-term renovation strategies, financing of renovation, EPCs and building renovation passports, smart readiness indicator and how to calculate energy performance: the publication focuses on articles were requirements evolved or were added.

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