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EU moves to improve building energy efficiency

15 May 2018

Measures to update the Energy Performance of Buildings directive have been laid before the EU Parliament, with particular focus on building renovation and smarter energy systems in new constructions.

Energy use within European buildings accounts for around 40% of consumption, with approximately 75% of these identified as being energy inefficient.

An average of 1.2% of EU buildings are renovated each year, leading to this area being identified as providing significant scope to deliver energy efficiency gains.

The measures are also intended to assist in meeting the aims of the EU Energy Union while raising efficiency levels within the construction sector.

Reference has additionally been made to the achievements delivered by the Energy Performance of Buildings directive.

These have included advocating the use of smart technologies to drive automation and the use of controls to ensure buildings operative efficiently.

In addition to allowing measures to be made to gauge a building's capacity to integrate new technology, the directive is deemed to integrate and strengthen building renovation strategies.

As well as supporting the introduction of e-mobility in new buildings, the directive also helps to direct actions toward zero emissions by 2050, while introducing investment mechanisms for more energy-efficient building renovation.

The proposals have been welcomed by BG Energy Solutions, with managing director Gareth Barber saying these will help to deal with rising energy costs.

"We welcome having a regulatory framework that supports and encourages innovation and investments in efficiency and embraces the potential of smart technologies to achieve this," he said.

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