News & Events

The Commission is in the process of updating some of the content on this website in light of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. If the site contains content that does not yet reflect the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, it is unintentional and will be addressed.

Please, keep in mind that the only contact email for BUILD UP is, any other address, even if similar, is not under our domain.

Webcast and launch of CA EPBD 2016 book

Share this Post:

Susanne Geissler of the Austrian Sustainable Buildings Council answers an incoming question on Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).

BUILD UP looks back at a successful webcast on the Concerted Action on the Energy Performance of Buildings on 2 February 2016.


The webcast marked the launch of the new BUILD UP website and the book 2016 - Implementing the Energy Performance of Building Directive of Concerted Action EPBD.


BUILD UP is pleased with the great amount of questions that it received on and Twitter (#askBUILDUP).


→ Watch the webcast

→ Get the CA EPBD book 2016 - Implementing the Energy Performance of Building Directive




Concerted Action EPBD: background


With buildings accounting for roughly 40% of Europe’s carbon emissions, the building sector is a priority area for energy savings for the European Commission. Approximately 75% of the current building stock will still be in use in 2050, despite being built in times of less stringent requirements.


A main piece of legislation that should improve their energy performance is the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), first adopted in 2002. The Concerted Action EPBD, a joint initiative of the EU Member States and the European Commission, oversees its implementation since 2005.


Its most recent findings are collected in CA EPBD’s book 2016 - Implementing the Energy Performance of Building Directive.





Speaker Paula Rey Garcia, Buildings Team Leader of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy, outlined the objectives of the European Commission. Aiming at reaching the 2030 targets for energy, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) are currently under review.


Rey Garcia stressed the successes and challenges of the EPBD.While minimum requirements of buildings have improved across the EU, enforcement of building codes remains a challenge.


Eduardo Maldonado of the Portugese Energy Agency looked back on his term as coordinator of Concerted Action EPBD III. He stressed how CA EPBD offers a platform where 140 experts from the EU Member States, Norway and the European Commission discuss informally and frankly.


Susanne Geissler of the Austrian Sustainable Buildings Council spoke about Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and raised access to EPC databases, user-friendliness and awareness-raising as challenges, while also more work is needed to improve and assure quality of input data.


Wina Roelens of the Flemish Energy Agency spoke about compliance and control, and noted that a number of EU countries does not yet have compliance performance indicators in place.


Heike Erhorn-Klüttig of the Fraunhofer Institute for Buildings Physics discussed the European targets on Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEB). NZEB requirements will be obligatory for public buildings as of 2019 and for new buildings as of 2021. At the moment, 40% of the EU countries does not yet have legally fixed NZEB definitions in place.To reach the targets, the exchange of information between Member States should be stepped up, says Erhorn-Klüttig.


Jens Laustsen of CA EPBD looked forward to EPBD IV, which started in October 2015. While CA EPBD IV will remain concentrated on implementation, it has a stronger focus on compliance, cross-learning and the impact and integration of policies.


Finally, Peter Wouters of INIVE presented the new BUILD UP portal and explained how organisations can post their materials and resources.





Find the presentations below.




Webcast videos


Please find the video of the webstream here. You will be able to skip to the individual parts using the links below.