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European Commission launches EPBD art. 19a feasibility study

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The European Commission has launched a feasibility study to clarify the need, possibilities and timeline for the potential introduction of EU provisions in relation to:


a) the inspection of stand-alone ventilation systems

b) an optional building renovation passport


DG ENER awarded the contract to perform the feasibility study to a consortium led by INIVE and BPIE. The one-year study was launched following Article 19a of EPBD Directive (EU) 2018/844, amending Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings and Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency.


The study will cover the following issues:


1. The possible introduction of inspections of stand-alone ventilation systems in buildings.

EPBD (2010/31/EU) Articles 14-15 mandated the regular inspections of heating and air-conditioning systems above a certain output. The amending EPBD (EU) 2018/844 extends this requirement to systems for combined heating and ventilation (Article 14) and combined air-conditioning and ventilation (Article 15). The study, introduced through Article 19a of the amending Directive, investigates the relevance and feasibility of introducing EU provisions in relation to regular inspections of stand-alone ventilation systems. The objective is to assess the need, relevance and feasibility of further promoting the inspection of stand-alone ventilation systems in EU buildings. This assessment will consider a wide range of both non-legislative and legislative options.


2. The possible introduction of an optional building renovation passport.

Building renovation passports would be aimed at providing "a long-term, step-by-step renovation roadmap for specific buildings based on quality criteria, following an energy audit, and outlining relevant measures and renovations that could improve the energy performance". The objective of the EPBD (EU) 2018/844 Article 19a feasibility study is to assess whether an EU approach could have an added value and to explore, where relevant, possible approaches for the support of such schemes at EU level. The objective is to investigate a whole spectrum of options and to evaluate the feasibility and foreseen impact at EU-level, taking into account the priorities set by the amended EPBD.


Throughout the study, stakeholders will be engaged through digital surveys, seeking to explore their expertise in ongoing schemes and initiatives, with a focus on policy decisions and their potential improvement, and meetings, in which preliminary results will be shared and discussed.


You can register your interest in the stakeholder engagement activities here, or by sending an email to, indicating your full name, organisation, country, and topic of interest.


Visit the EPBD Art. 19a feasibility study website for further information.