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Understanding (the very European concept of) Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings - Steering through the Maze #2 (revised 11 April 2014)

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In 2010, the recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive [Directive 2010/31/EU] introduced the concept of and obligation for nearly zero energy buildings (nZEB ), particularly for new buildings. Essentially, the Directive sets out a general framework and gives considerable latitude to Member States to define it. Therefore, nZEB is a very flexible policy requirement with no single, harmonised nZEB definition throughout the EU. Some of the expressions are intentionally vague and it is left to the Member States in their national plans to give some rigour to the definition within the context of their own national efforts. Read more here