What it is:
The European Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) was first published in 2002 and it aims to renovate the building stock of the European Union, giving special emphasis to the energy performance of buildings. The new revision of the EPBD (published on 15th December 2021) places a special emphasis on renewable heating and cooling, and as such, is a high priority topic for the solar thermal industry, as a more ambitious EPBD has the potential to accelerate the energy transition and spur sector growth.
What it does:
- It asks EU Member States to devise long-term renovation strategies to decarbonize buildings.
- It asks EU Member States to set minimum performance standards (EPB), and issue certificates when a building is rented or sold.
- It promotes smart solutions in buildings such as temperature-control or air-quality systems.
More specifically, the EPBD establishes a modular structure to assess the energy performance of new and existing buildings, these 5 overarching ISO standards are known as EPB Standards and can be found in the link above.
Why is it relevant for you:
The EPBD is especially important for companies in the heating and cooling value chain as it encourages the replacement of H&C systems, it thus represents a clear growth opportunity for the sector.
To learn more about Solar Heat Europe’s position on the EPBD and its potential influence on the solar thermal sector, read our recently published press release.