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ZEBRA2020 Overview of building-related policies

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A new report from the ZEBRA2020 project links energy efficiency efforts related to construction and renovation activities with European, national and regional policies implemented in the building sector. It provides a detailed overview of policy frameworks in 12 EU countries (AT, CZ, FR, DE, IT, LT, LU, NO, PL, RO, SK, ES) by covering such aspects as: strategies and action plans; buildings codes; Energy Performance Certificates and more.


For Belgium (Flanders), Denmark and Sweden, Annex II presents a brief policy overview, which is based on the “policy aggregation structure” developed by ECOFYS for the European Commission, for the evaluation of National Plans for increasing the number of nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (nZEB).


European legislation (Energy Performance of Buildings Directive) makes nZEBs a standard by 2019/2021. The technology is already available and proven; however, the large-scale uptake of nZEB construction and renovation will be a big challenge for all market actors and stakeholders involved. A substantial gap in reliable data on current market activities makes it difficult for policy-makers to evaluate the success of their policies and measures. This report is meant to support stakeholders by offering a comprehensive overview of ongoing policies in the field.


The report was developed within the framework of the EU-funded project, ZEBRA2020 which focuses on tracking the market transition to nearly Zero-Energy Buildings to derive recommendations and strategies for the building industry and policy makers and to accelerate the market uptake of nZEBs


Download the full report here.