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Towards 2020 Nearly-Zero Energy Buildings – Overview and Outcomes August 2015, Concerted Action EPBD

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This report provides an overview of the main outcomes of the discussions that took place from March 2011 to March 2015 under the Concerted Action (CA) EPBD, on the national application in practice of the framework definition of Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEB) and on the national plans for increasing the number of NZEBs. 


The report maps the national applications of NZEB definitions, identifies the convergence between NZEB and cost-optimal energy performance requirements, and gives an overview of MS approaches to introduce Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in NZEB. It also analyses how MS introduce NZEB in Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) and deals with national experiences with NZEB in practice, as well as national plans to increase the number of NZEB.


The CA EPBD is co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the European Union. The content of this report is included in the book “2016 – Implementing the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) Featuring Country Reports”, ISBN 978‐972‐8646‐32‐5, © ADENE 2015 which is available at and