EPEE releases EPBD implementation guidelines to ensure Member States grasp the full potential of energy savings in buildings
Brussels, 29 May 2019:
With the amended Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) entering into force in July 2018, the European Union has given itself a legal framework to continue pushing efforts at national level to tap into the huge potential for efficiency gains in the building sector. However, the effective implementation of this key piece of legislation is critical for the EU to actually fully deliver on its goals.
This is why EPEE has developed this document intended to clarify five key aspects of the EPBD, providing details on the measures to be implemented as well as recommendations on good practices to be used in order to harmonise the interpretation of this piece of legislation across EU Member States. These aspects include:
- Putting in place regular inspection programmes and renovation strategies: to identify inefficiencies and faults in HVACR systems, making these systems more efficient and reducing in the end their energy consumption. These strategies should both incentivize and compel the building owner to realise the recommendations from such inspections, thereby repairing and refurbishing the systems, as appropriate.
- Using building automation and control: to optimize the energy performance of technical building systems in both residential and non-residential buildings. This does not require invasive renovation measures, pays back quickly and has no lock-in effects. According to studies, energy savings can range from 23% to 49% depending on the type of building and packages of sensors and energy-saving controls deployed.
- Implementing European standards: to ensure full implementation and enforcement of the EPBD. A national approach on standardization, as it currently applied does not reflect the economic context in Europe and could, in the worst case, completely undermine the objectives of the Directive.
- Encourage the use of high-efficiency alternative systems in renovation projects and consider part-load conditions when inspecting HVAC systems.
Given that heating and cooling have been identified and projected in the long term as the EU’s biggest energy consuming sector, EPEE, representing the heating, cooling and refrigeration industry in Europe, has continuously supported the need for an ambitious and correctly implemented EPBD. Our members’ technologies have the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption and the impact on climate, limit energy demand and increase energy security in Europe. That is why EPEE and its members stand ready to guide Member States as much as possible in ensuring that they correctly implement the EPBD for the benefit of their citizens and the environment.
EPEE’s EPBD Implementation Guidelines 2019 can be downloaded here.
 Impacts of Commercial Building Controls on Energy Savings and Peak Load Reduction (see Fig. S.2 on page 10 of the pdf, “viii” at the page bottom)
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The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) represents the interests of the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe. Founded in the year 2000, EPEE’s membership is composed of 48 member companies, national and international associations from Europe, the USA and Asia, employing more than 200,000 people in Europe and realising a turnover of over 30 billion Euro.