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Energy Community Study to boost Energy Performance of Buildings now available

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The final report of the “Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings in the Contracting Parties of the Energy Community” is now available on-line. The overall objective of the Study is to support governments in their efforts to meet their commitments under the Energy Community Treaty. To this end, the study calls for the efficient use of energy in buildings, as well as the implementation of the NEEAPs with respect to buildings sector.

After status quo analysis, the study recommends for categorization and subcategorization of buildings, a building stock inventory based on Annex I of the EPBD and EUROSTAT. Consequently, the study recommends ten categories for residential (3) and non-residential (7) buildings. Two phase approach has been recommended for the development of reference buildings.

When calculating the energy saving potential and investments needed, the consultants noted, that “there was far from enough available data in the contracting parties to do the rough estimation of the energy savings potential from implementing profitable, technical energy efficiency measures properly”. The calculations on aggregated investments and savings are based on the assumption that there will be 1% energy savings per year in the building sector, accumulated to 9% by 2020. The study urges for the most profitable measures with short payback period, as well as, a combination of renovation and energy efficiency projects. Should this be the case, it might be possible to achieve the 9% savings target with 20-30% lower investments. Should the payback period be 15 years or more, significant savings could be achieved after 2020.

Study further provides an outline for nine pieces of secondary legislation which are prerequisite for a proper implementation of the EPBD, including a list of necessary standards. The common Roadmap for EPBD implementation provides a step by step approach; update of national laws, adoption of overall national approach, appointment of national focal point etc.

Building on the needs of the Contracting Parties, the Secretariat launched a call for tenders in March 2011 in order to support thr Parties to implement the complex EPBD. The whole project was finalized in February 2012. On 22 February 2012, a special workshop took place, where ENSI, the consultant, presented the findings of the study.

Energy Community Contracting Parties are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine and UNMIK

For more information, final reports, etc. please go to the Energy Community portal.