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The European Commission released important pieces of the European energy legislation, gathered in the previously-called Winter Package, now renamed Clean Energy for All Europeans, placing consumers at the heart of the EU’s energy strategy. Commission’s Energy Union Chief Maros Sefcovic had previously said that it will not be possible to achieve the 2030 targets if we overlook the enormous potential of buildings in Europe. The Commission has recognised that building renovation has also great potential to create local jobs ...

Commission’s Energy Union Chief Maros Sefcovic had previously said that it will not be possible to achieve the 2030 targets if we overlook the enormous potential of buildings in Europe. The Commission has recognised that building renovation has also great potential to create local jobs and give the economy a boost, as well as create better quality living spaces and cut consumers’ bills.

In its previous positions since last Autumn 2015, the AIE also always highlighted the importance of the life-long building operation phase and the benefits for the end-user of more and better measurement, monitoring and control of their energy usage. In other words, more active energy efficiency by integrating active monitoring of real-time energy consumption / energy management systems and increasing control and automation systems. This way the end-users also participate actively to the energy market whilst improving their comfort in residential and commercial buildings or the efficiency of industrial processes.

The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)

The AIE therefore welcomes the proposals in the Climate Package for the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive recognizing and promoting smart ready systems and digital solutions, such as electronic monitoring and control functionalities. The AIE equally applauds the expansion of the definition of technical building systems to cover all systems (building automation and control, on-site electricity generation and electro-mobility infrastructure).

This will require technical professionals to be involved as soon as possible in the construction/renovation projects to be able to propose the energy savings potential of technical building systems and raise consumers’ awareness and active participation in their energy consumption.

Some issues however still raise questions and will need clarification like the smartness indicator, the charging points per parking ‘space’ (or place) and the primary energy conversion factor.

Moreover, to digitalise a building and make it E-charging compatible, the existing buildings need to be ‘prepared’ by using minimum verification requirements of the existing electrical and electro technical systems in buildings as to ensure a maximum efficiency during their operation and the safe implementation of smart technology and the Internet of Things. The AIE Energy Task Force is working on its position paper towards the Commission.

Summary and links to documents:

Proposal for a revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, including:

  • The requirement for Member States to establish long-term national renovation strategies with clear milestones for 2030 (previously under the Energy Efficiency Directive)
  • The introduction of a smartness indicator rating the readiness of a building to adapt to the needs of the occupant and the grid and to improve its performance
  • Requirements for electro-mobility infrastructure
  • Requirements for building automation and energy monitoring systems as an alternative to inspections
  • A Staff Working Document showing best practices of improved energy performance in buildings

Proposal for a revised Energy Efficiency Directive, including:

  • A binding 30% energy efficiency target for 2030
  • The extension of  annual energy savings obligations for Member States beyond 2020
  • Access for consumers to consumption information
  • Criteria to be used to establish which energy savings can be counted by Member States for Article 7

A communication on accelerating clean energy in buildings includes 1) Smart financing for smart buildings as to ensure more efficient use of public funding (developing financing models, platforms and templates); 2) improve understanding of the risks and benefits of energy efficiency investments, through launching the EEFIG DEEP platform; 3) addressing skills in the construction sector.

The Eco-design working plan 2016-2019 sets out the European Commission’s priorities, including reviews of existing measures and studies for new measures for other products (including Building Automation and Control Systems).

Other documents:

> Action: The AIE Energy Task Force is working on its position paper towards the Commission.

 
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