The European Union has updated the guidelines to be adopted by the Member States on the energy performance of buildings. The Directive 2018/844 / EU, which modifies the previous 2010/31/EU, was published in the European Union Official Journal.
The European Union aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% compared to 1990 levels by 2030. The achievement of this ambitious commitment is related to reduced energy consumption in the construction sector and to an increased development of renewable energy sources.
Among the novelties of the new directive, there is the strengthening of the long-term strategy to support the refurbishment of residential and non-residential real estate both public and private, with a view to developing a nearly zero-energy building philosophy. The use of ICT for a more efficient management of buildings and related services, such as lighting, climate and automation, has also been emphasised. The construction of infrastructures for electric mobility is supported in all new buildings or in those subject to major renovations, as well as the introduction of an "indicator of intelligence". This new tool will measure the ability of buildings to use new technologies and electronic devices to adapt to consumer need and, optimize their functioning and interactions with the grid. For this purpose, the mobilization of public and private financing and investments is supported.
By 10 March 2020, Member States will have to incorporate and regulate the objectives of the directive.
Near Zero Energy Buildings