The text adopted in plenary contains significant improvements to the European Commission proposal. European window, door and facade manufacturers now call on the EU Institutions to start the trilogue negotiations without any further delay.
The European Parliament position provides a clear and realistic roadmap, both for building owners and industry to accelerate the annual renovation rate across Europe. EuroWindoor particularly supports the new provisions put forward by the Parliament to introduce a more holistic approach to buildings, moving beyond energy performance requirements to address all building parameters, so also environment and health.
Specifically, the European Parliament managed to strengthen the Commission proposal as regards:
Unfortunately, the text adopted by the Parliament still does not consider the relevance of the energy balance approach, failing to include the g-value for transparent elements of the building envelope in the Energy Performance Certificates (ANNEX V). In addition, while we welcome the new provisions on IEQ, more specific methodologies for IEQ parameters are needed, especially as regards daylight, IAQ and overheating. The necessary introduction of LCA requirements for new buildings will strongly influence the future building design for the decades to come. So it will be critical that while improving the energy performance and cutting CO2 emissions in buildings, health aspects are tackled at the same time. Otherwise, there is a risk to repeat the same mistake as with nZEB buildings where energy design was strengthened, often at the expense of daylight and overheating mitigation. It is time for a more holistic approach, factoring in all relevant building parameters.
The European Parliament position represents a strong basis for the upcoming trilogue negotiations and we call on all EU institutions to ensure an ambitious outcome. The current EPBD does not sufficiently factor in IEQ parameters, so the new provisions put forward by the European Parliament must be reflected in the final legislation. Without the right legislative framework, Europe will not be able to transform its building stock into one which is energy efficient, decarbonised but also healthy. The European window, door and facade manufacturers are ready to help deliver.
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