2015 might be a key year for the success or failure of EU climate and energy policies. The initiatives proposed within the framework of the Energy Union and the UN Climate Conference in Paris will decide the direction the EU will take regarding climate and the environment.
The building sector is very crucial for achieving EU 2020 energy and climate targets. The Energy Performance Buildings Directive (EPBD) defines that by the end of 2018 all public authority buildings should be Nearly Zero Energy while by the end of 2020 the same thing should happen for all new buildings.
With all these facts in mind, 14 public, cooperative and social housing providers from 10 countries have joined forces and established the pan-European initiative Power House nearly Zero Energy Challenge in order to exchange expertise and to generate evidence-based policy recommendations.
Housing Europe has gathered the findings in a report that proves the crucial role of housing providers in Europe's energy future.The main topics of the report are the following:
- The policy context.
- Barriers and challenges to Nearly Zero Energy Buildings.
- Ways of tracking real energy consumption in buildings.
- The fair energy transition and the role of public, cooperative and social housing providers.
The key findings of the report are summerized below:
- Housing associations can retrofit at scale
- A flexible approach to the level of energy performance is the guarantee for success
- Cost optimality is a relative concept
- Project and funding must be brought together
- Quality assurance for the housing organisations and for the tenants
The final report can be found here.