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New EPBD is coming! Questions & Answers on Energy Performance in Buildings Directive

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The revised version of EPBD has been approved on 17 April 2018 and will be published soon in the Official journal of the Union. In the meanwhile, the EU General Directorate of Energy answers to the main questions highlighting the objectives behind the revision, the added values and the main impacts on energy efficiency in buildings, also considering the perspective of the users.

1. What are the overall expected benefits of the revised directive once it comes into force?

As buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU, more renovation of existing buildings has the potential to lead to significant energy savings, which could reduce the EU’s total energy consumption by 5-6% and lower CO2 emissions by about 5%. More energy efficient and smarter buildings can also provide higher levels of wellbeing for their occupants and improve their health by reducing illnesses and deaths caused by a poor indoor climate, as well as reducing the energy bills of many households and thus help alleviate energy poverty. Finally, as the construction industry generates about 9% of Europe’s GDP and directly accounts for 18 million direct jobs, boosting construction activities that include renovation work and energy retrofits can foster job creation in the sector and increase economic growth in the EU.

Have a look to the complete list of Q&A: