Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (recast 2010)

The European Parliament and the Council agreed the Directive on 19 May 2010. It is an update of EPBD 16 December 2002. The main achievement of the original EPBD was the introduction of a system of Energy Performance Certificates for all new buildings and for existing buildings whenever they are sold or rented to a new tenant.  There were other provisions, but these were rather weak and generally applied only to buildings greater than 1,000m2 - in other words they did not affect housing, which is the bulk of Europe's buildings.  The recast sought to address these weaknesses.

The key provisions in the EPBD Recast 2010 are;

All new buildings to be "nearly zero energy" by 2020 (2018 for public sector buildings).
"Cost optimal" energy performance requirements for all building elements which are replaced or retrofitted.
Cost optimal energy performance standards for buildings undergoing major renovation.
Member States encouraged to put in place fiscal incentives for energy saving products.
Information on improvement options must be provided in Energy Performance Certificates.
The 1,000m2 threshold removed, so the Directive will apply to all buildings, including the housing stock.
The provision which has the largest potential impact throughout Europe is the new Article requiring all replacement components to meet cost optimal standards.  This means that any replacement window will have to be of a very high standard of energy performance. The requirement for all new buildings to be nearly zero energy will drive designers to specify very high performance glazing, including triple glazing in many cases.

One of our trade associations, Glass for Europe, has published a paper on the EPBD, focusing on the opportunities for value-added glass.