Reviewing the Energy Efficiency Framework to generate a window replacement wave

The window, door and flat glass industry welcomes the publication of the Commission’s communication “A Renovation Wave for Europe – greening our buildings, creating jobs, improving lives” . The objective to double the annual energy renovation rate of residential and non-residential buildings by 2030 represents a crucial step toward a Climate Neutral Union and will trigger the transformation of the European building stock as well as create associated green jobs in a post-COVID 19 context, particularly if combined with ambitious national recovery plans with a strong renovation focus.

For more information see the joint position.

The window value-chain, which is made of both SMEs and larger firms, plays a strategic role for the sustainable future of the construction industry. The European building stock is equipped with very inefficient windows, mainly single glazed or early uncoated double glazing . By introducing measures in support of window replacements, national Recovery and Resilience Plans have the potential to deliver long-term energy savings and CO2 emission reduction. We are convinced that the 7 areas of intervention identified by the Commission in the Renovation Wave to scale up efficient renovation and trigger the transformation of the building stock will bring powerful tools to rapidly improve the energy efficiency of European buildings and their windows. To materialize, the Renovation Wave needs to be backed by an ambitious revision of both the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Energy Performance of Building Directive.

Download Joint position paper on the Renovation Wave (March 2021)

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