Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Belgium and Finland have both failed to fully implement the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), which had to be transposed into national law by 9 July 2012. The directive requires Member States to apply legal provisions to increase energy efficiency in buildings, such as ensuring the certification of the energy performance of buildings and applying minimum energy performance requirements.

The revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) requiring all new buildings to consume ‘nearly zero-energy’ from 2021 and those owned and occupied by the public sector organisations to comply by 2019 is not going well. Fewer than half of the 27 member states met the transposition deadline last summer and of them only 14 have submitted national plans stipulating how the nearly zero-energy definition is applied according to local conditions.