EuroWindoor advocates ambitious Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) in the EPBD

Frankfurt, October 2022 – EuroWindoor demands to preserve the ambitious nature of the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) as political parties try to deflate it by deleting important instruments as MEPS that help trigger the Renovation Wave to make the building stock more energy efficient.

The war in the Ukraine has shown how dependent many European countries are on oil and gas. Therefore, it is especially important now to trigger renovations and have the European building stock become more energy efficient to prevent from energy poverty, dependency and to reduce emissions. This can only be done if the legislators have strong instruments at their disposal to boost renovations.

Currently the EPBD is being revised, the main legislative tool aiming to promote the improvement of the energy performance of buildings. One of the most important proposed instruments are the MEPS (Minimum Energy Performance Standards). The MEPS categorize the building stock in energy performance classes ranging from G, representing 15% of the worst performing buildings, to A, comparable to zero-emission buildings. The aim is to renovate the worst classes by a certain time frame starting from G to the at least next best energy class. For example every public owned building in energy performance class G shall be renovated by 2027 and by 2030 those of energy performance class F. This approach guarantees that the Renovation Wave gets implemented and that the EU is able to achieve its ambitious goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050.

EuroWindoor has been in contact with other industry groups to support the ambitious goals set in the original revised version of the EPBD and to prevent a softening of the EPBD that would stop a Renovation Wave from happening.

For further information please see:

Joint position on ambitious MEPS – A no regret option (October 2022)

Joint position on Staying the Course to deliver the Renovation Wave (October 2022)

Press Contact:
Miriam Weppler
EuroWindoor General Secretariat
Walter-Kolb-Str. 1-7
60594 Frankfurt / Germany
Phone: +49 (69) 95 50 54 – 36
Fax: +49 (69) 95 50 54 – 11

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