On July 9, 2018, as part of the Clean Energy Package for all Europeans, new standards for energy performance in buildings came into force (Directive (2018/844 / EU, amending Directive 2010/31 / EU). These new provisions will make the buildings of the future more ecological and more comfortable, enabling them to consume less energy.
Buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of the energy consumption and 36% of the CO2 emissions in the EU. Currently, around 35% of buildings in the EU are more than 50 years old and almost 75% of the construction stock is inefficient in terms of energy consumption, while only 0.4-1.2% (depending on the country) of the buildings is renovated every year. Therefore, further renovation of existing buildings has the potential to generate significant energy savings, which could reduce EU’s total energy consumption by 5-6% and reduce CO2 emissions by 5%.
The buildings with better energy efficiency provide higher levels of comfort and wellbeing for their occupants, and improve health by reducing the diseases caused by bad indoor climate. This has a great impact on the affordability of housing and reduces energy poverty across the EU.
In addition, investments in energy efficiency can also stimulate the economy, particularly the construction industry, which generates around 9% of Europe’s GDP and directly accounts for 18 million direct jobs. The new standards support the mobilization of investments in renovation works and it is expected that SMEs will benefit especially from a driven renovation market, as they contribute more than 70% of the added value in the construction sector of the EU.
On the other hand, the buildings with better performance provide higher levels of comfort and wellbeing for their occupants, and improve health by reducing the diseases caused by bad indoor climate. This has a great impact on the affordability of housing and reduces energy poverty across the EU.
These new standards for better performance and smarter buildings were shaped by the contributions of thousands of citizens, organizations and public authorities across the EU. A new video has been produced to illustrate the benefits that more energy efficient buildings bring to ordinary citizens.