On 29 July 2016, the European Commission published its report to the European Parliament and the Council on the progress achieved by EU Member States (MS) in reaching cost-optimal levels of minimum energy performance requirements for new and existing buildings, as well as for building elements.
All MS, except Greece, have submitted cost-optimal calculations. In most cases, requirements were met for both the Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings (EPBD) and the Delegated Regulation on the framework methodology. The other cases are being followed up by the Commission as appropriate.
From the comparison of the reported cost-optimal levels and minimum energy performance requirements, it can be concluded that roughly half of the MS have set minimum performance requirements that are within the 15% threshold, above which the gap between cost-optimal levels and minimum requirements could be considered significant. For example, the average gaps for all the categories (i.e. new building, major renovations, and building elements) and building types (i.e. single family houses, apartment buildings and non-residential buildings) are below that threshold in Denmark, Finland and Spain.
The cost-optimal calculations have shown that there is still a significant potential for cost-effective energy savings that can be achieved by bridging the gap between the current minimum requirements and cost-optimal levels.
The Commission will fully use its powers under the Treaty to ensure that the Directive on the energy performance of buildings is correctly implemented. This includes achieving the cost-optimal levels of minimum energy performance requirements, within the indicated timeline, to ensure that the EU’s longer-term energy and climate objectives, and the contribution of the building sector to meeting those objectives, are fulfilled.
For further information, please visit the relevant BUILD UP Publication.