High Energy Performance Buildings: New Requirements for Buildings and Their Contribution to EU Goals

In a recent interview with Alice Corovessi, Managing Director of INZEB, published in epixeiro.gr, the focus was on green buildings and the necessary adaptations to be made in both new constructions and renovated buildings based on the guidelines of the European Union (EU).

Starting from 2028, all new private buildings will be required to have zero greenhouse gas emissions, while the deadline for buildings housing or belonging to public entities is set for 2026. To achieve this, new buildings must be equipped with solar energy collection technologies by 2028, provided it is technically and economically feasible. Additionally, residential buildings undergoing extensive renovation or energy upgrades will have until 2032 to meet the requirements.

These intentions stem from the European Parliament’s approval of the directive on building energy performance (EPBD) on March 14, 2023. This revision sets forth a more ambitious stance for negotiations with EU member countries, with key objectives including reducing energy bills, tackling energy poverty, and addressing greenhouse gas emissions originating from buildings.

Existing buildings will not remain unaffected by the proposed changes outlined in the directive. Residential buildings, graded on an energy performance scale from A to G, must achieve at least a grade E by 2030 and a grade D by 2033. Grade G represents the 15% of buildings with the poorest energy performance in EU member countries. Non-residential and public buildings must comply with the respective categories by 2027 and 2030.

But why is the framework concerning buildings becoming more stringent? In 2019, during the unveiling of the European Green Deal, the goal was clear: Europe would become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. As buildings in Europe account for 36% of greenhouse gas emissions and 40% of energy consumption, it is evident that optimising existing building stock and increasing the annual rate of renovations for all buildings is crucial.

The interview with Alice Corovessi sheds light on the importance of green buildings and the role they play in achieving the EU’s ambitious climate targets. By implementing stricter requirements for both new and existing constructions, the EU aims to significantly reduce emissions, improve energy efficiency, and create healthier and more sustainable living and working environments.

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