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Amended Energy Performance of Buildings Directive enters into force

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9th July 2018: Amended Energy Performance of Buildings Directive enters into force, start of the transposition countdown!

The publication in the Official Journal of the EU of the Amending Directive 2018/844/EU took place on the 19th June, meaning that its provisions enter into force on 9th July.  It therefore marks the start of the 20 months period for the Member States to transpose the amendments into national laws and regulations. 

Many stakeholders, from government officials to contractors on building sites, will be asking what are the main changes and how will they affect me? To answer these question, the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE) has written a Guidance Note on the topic. It was launched at the recent C4E Forum event in Serock, Poland, which saw over 200 stakeholders coming together to debate and exchange on all issues surrounding energy efficiency in the Central and Eastern European region. 

The Guidance Note contains 12 recommendations from EuroACE, followed by six short chapters that clearly lay out the main changes that the amended EPBD requires Member States to consider. Our greatest satisfaction is that the amended Directive requires each Member State to prepare a long-term renovation strategy for the transformation of their building stock into a highly energy efficient, decarbonised stock by 2050. 

Other key changes relate to, among others, the introduction of new voluntary tools like building renovation passports, a smart readiness indicator, reinforced inspection regimes for technical building systems and the linking of targeted or achieved improved performance to financing instruments. EuroACE believes that the full and correct implementation of the amended EPBD could be a true stimulus for increasing the rate and depth of energy renovation across the EU, bringing multiple benefits of increased comfort and health to all citizens within the EU. 

For its Guidance Note to be of the highest quality and accuracy, EuroACE invites readers to download it and to provide comments and suggestions for its improvement (by email to adrian.joyce@euroace.org).