97 percent of EU buildings need to be upgraded

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10 Dec 2017
97% of buildings in Europe require an energy efficiency refurbishment, according to a new report. Based on data from Energy Performance Certificates (EPC), the conclusion of the latest BPIE analysis is that less than 3% of the building stock in the EU qualifies for an A rating.

The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) is a European not-for-profit think tank with a focus on independent analysis and knowledge dissemination in the field of energy performance in buildings.

Previously it was thought that 75% of the European building stock was considered energy inefficient; the detailed analysis of EPC data in 16 countries or regions in Europe refutes that figure with more than 97% of buildings falling short of the A class. This apparent difference is due to the fact that not all buildings constructed after 1990 can be considered highly efficient.

As buildings are responsible for around 40% of energy consumption, and up to 90% of the current ones could still be standing in 2050, a faster and deeper renovation rate is crucial for Europe to meet its commitment to the Paris Agreement.

Based on this new evidence, BPIE have called for the forthcoming revision of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) to deliver an ambitious programme of renovation of the building stock.

For more information about BPIE and its latest analysis, please click here.

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