The revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) in 2018 required European member states to implement new measures by the 10th of March, 2020. This included the delivery of an update and elaboration of the long-term renovation strategy. It also contained new requirements on electromobility and technical installations as well as inspection requirements. In Belgium, this transposition of the Directive is the responsibility of the Flemish, Walloon and Brussels-Capital Governments.
Extension of requirements for technical installations
Technical installations received a fair bit of attention in the EPBD revision. It includes an elaboration of the requirements regarding the replacement and renewal of heating, air-conditioning and combi systems. Too much energy is also lost due to incorrect adjustment of the devices during installation. Therefore, Member States were also asked to include additional requirements for inspection and installation in their regulations. Attention was also paid to the possibilities for digital monitoring.
Introduction of electromobility
With the revision of the Directive a link has been introduced between the roll-out of electromobility facilities and the realisation of energy efficient buildings. For example, a number of requirements were drawn up for the realisation of (infrastructure for) charging points for electric cars. Buildings are seen by Europe as an important lever to roll out electromobility. Agoria sees this as an interesting development, provided it does not (unintentionally) block the realisation of climate-neutral buildings.
Stimulating smart technology
Another strong highlight in the EPBD revision is smart technology. One of the requirements included the development of a Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) by the European Commission. Although Agoria is in favour of the concept, the proposal currently on the table is not yet sufficiently convincing. The fear is that without a clear added value for the end customer, the implementation of the SRI create a high cost without an actual impact on energy consumption. The proposals for definition and implementation will open soon for public consultation.
Role of Agoria
The conversion took place via several notes that were submitted to the Governments during several months. Agoria has therefore been approached for feedback on different occasions in the past months. This feedback was based on the vision documents on Renovation, EPB, Smart Technology and Ventilation and the ad hoc responses to the ongoing EPBD studies that were developed in 2018 and 2019 in collaboration with the Building Technology Committee 2.0 working groups. For more information about participating in these working groups, click here (FR) or here (NL).