EuroWindoor feedback on the proposal to recast the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)

Brussels 31 March 2022 – EuroWindoor gave feedback to the European Commission`s consultation on the proposal to recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). EuroWindoor supports the movement from the EPBD to enable a green transition of the European building stock and support the creation of more sustainable and healthier living conditions for Europeans, but sees also room for improvement.

Broadening the scope of the EPBD and strengthened the role of public buildings are positive signals for the importance of renovating the building stock in reaching the climate target for 2030 and 2050. EuroWindoor supports the creation of new instruments to trigger the renovation of the worst performing buildings by introducing Mandatory Energy Performance Standards (MEPS). The improved reliability of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), their expanded scope as well as the shorter validity period will provide a better framework for monitoring and securing the achievement of the agreed energy saving targets.

The EPBD will lead to a legislative framework that will ensure investments that will lead to energy efficient, decarbonised and healthy building. For this a more holistic approach to buildings, i.e., moving beyond energy performance requirements, is needed. EuroWindoor therefore very much welcomes the new provisions in the EPBD revision to better factor in health, comfort and indoor air quality (IAQ) as well as the proposal to expand the scope by including a CO2 emission reduction dimension.

However, EuroWindoor sees the potential to improve the revision of the EPBD to deliver the full potential of the multiple benefits of energy efficiency.

For EuroWindoor the following four points are critical to improve on:

  1. Strengthening the new definition for zero-emission buildings
  2. Ensuring a Healthy Indoor Climate for all Europeans
  3. Factoring in the energy balance principle for window products
  4. Further boost the renovation wave as part of national building renovation plans and taking Energy Efficiency First principle into account for MEPS

For further information please see:

EuroWindoor feedback on the proposal to recast the EPBD (March 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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