Nearly zero-energy buildings by 2021: are we on track?
2021: this is the year by which the EU hopes that all new buildings will be constructed in such a way that they will consume virtually no energy (Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings). To achieve this goal, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive requires Member States to draw up national plans. So where are we today?
According to a report by the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) the latest evaluation shows positive results, with many Member States making progress in relation to establishing NZEB definitions for both new-builds and renovation. Nevertheless, the report, entitled “Synthesis Report on the National Plans for Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs): Progress of Member States towards NZEBs”, does indicate that Member States are making use of the flexibility which exists in order to adapt to national circumstances. This means that the level of energy efficiency, the inclusion of lighting and appliances, as well as the recommended renewables to be implemented vary from Member State to Member State.
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