How to make Renovate Europe's NZEB vision a reality by 2050?
On 27 March 2017, RENOVATE EUROPE released an infographic presenting their vision and the changes in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) which will help Europe achieve an NZEB building stock by 2050.
Renovate Europe's vision
- 80% reduction of the building stock energy demand by 2050
This will bring the energy performance of the entire building stock to a highly energy efficient level, known as Nearly Zero Energy Building performance level (NZEB)
How to achieve an NZEB building stock by 2050?
- Ramp up the renovation rate from 1% to 3% per year.
- Ensure that all renovations are deep or staged deep.
- Drive the formulation and implementation of an effective EU policy & legal framework
What changes in the EPBD and EED will help us achieve an NZEB building stock by 2050?
1. At full EU building stock level
A clearly defined long-term vision to 2050 will provide market certainty and will drive investment. The wording proposed in the EPBD review reads “…2050 goal to decarbonise their national building stock..”. Renovate Europe calls for a 2050 vision for the building stock with clear intermediate milestones for 2030 and 2040 in both the EPBD & EED which:
- Puts Energy Efficiency First to ensure that the 2050 decarbonised building stock primarily reduces energy demand, meaning that it will be easier for renewables to supply the small residual energy needs
- Includes intermediate targets for 2030 and 2040 in order to better measure progress
- Encourages financial incentives to strengthen the implementation of the national renovation strategies
2. At national building stock level
National Renovation Strategies enable Member States to look holistically at their full building stock and define a plan of action that fits best to national circumstances and building segments. The Commission proposal transfers the National Roadmaps from the EED to the EPBD, and integrates them into the National Ener-gy & Climate Plans. Renovate Europe calls for the future legislative text to specify Roadmaps should include:
- Strong engagement of stakeholders in the drafting of the Roadmap, which will improve the quality and increase stakeholder ownership, leading to better roll-out
- Ambitious objectives and measures to transform the building stock to NZEB level by 2050
- Tangible ways of phasing out worst performing buildings to achieve ambitious objectives, by maximising on ‘trigger points’ in a building’s life when renovation works are easier: change of ownership, extension planned etc
- Underpin the Roadmap with coherent programmes and financing schemes in order to facilitate implementation. Public funding is to be used to reduce risk perception and cover the costs of initial investment, while innovative financing models is to be used to leverage private funding
- Increase the share of Structural Funds which is used to support energy renovation
- Reporting timeframe and targets of the Roadmaps must be in-line with the Paris Agree-ment on Climate Change
Renovate Europe supports the proposed extension of Energy Efficiency Obligation Schemes (EED’s Article 7) beyond 2020 and the suggested prioritising of energy efficiency measures under the Energy Effi-ciency Obligations for households affected by energy poverty and social housing
3. At individual building level
Building owners need easily available and reliable information to drive investment decisions. The current Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) provide a mere snapshot of a building’s performance at a given time, lacking coherent recommendations about planned steps to bring the building to NZEB standard in the future. Renovate Europe calls for the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to evolve into a Building Renovation Passport which would:
- Be a dynamic, online ‘house manual’ that records all works carried out, plans improvements in performance over time, and can be passed from owner to owner
- Be delivered by an independent experienced expert, possibly certified by a national scheme, to ensure quality and reliability
- Increase possibilities with such a Building Renovation Passport to link and better target building segments to financing tools