As foreseen by the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), the thresholds for some requirements related to energy efficiency in public buildings are automatically lowered from 500m² to 250m², starting on 9 July 2015. These requirements relate to the exemplary role of public buildings (EED Article 5), and the issue of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for public buildings (EPBD Article 12).
Starting on 9 July 2015, each Member State will have to ensure that 3% of central government buildings which have a total useful floor area above 250m² (and not only above 500m²) is renovated each year, in order to meet the minimum energy performance requirements. Member States shall also ensure that an EPC is issued for public buildings frequently visited by the public and with a total useful floor area above 250m² (and not only above 500m²).
According to EurACE press release, this step towards more stringent provisions risks remaining unheeded, despite the benefits attached to these updated requirements. This underlines the need for a stronger governance architecture for the Energy Union, if it is to deliver its full potential. Furthermore, the updated requirements, if quickly and fully implemented, represent a wonderful opportunity for the public sector to deliver on their promises to the European citizens, who aspire to live and work in more efficient and comfortable buildings. Moreover, having more public buildings with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will empower the citizens with more information and will trigger more engagement from the wider public.
EuroACE calls Member States to seize this opportunity to kickstart the market for deep retrofits, and calls for a stronger governance in the Energy Union.
For further information, please visit the relevant EuroACE website.