|Policy Type:||Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards|
|Energy Efficiency Policy Targets:||Buildings, Building Type, Residential, Multi-Sectoral Policy|
|Agency:||Bruxelles Environnement (Brussels Capital Region Ministry of Environment)|
|Energy Efficiency Description:|
Regarding EPB standards, the Calls for Exemplary Buildings have served as a test bench: they have provided confirmation that the passive standard is fully accessible and does not lead to major increased costs in residential buildings, schools or offices, in new construction and sometimes even in renovations.
Nowadays, Brussels already counts 1,511 passive units, which represents a total surface of 770,000m².
The heating component of EPB is the one that will probably have the most impact. Reduction of CO2 emissions is estimated up to 166,000 tons in 2020. The air, climate and energy plan also foresees a strengthening of the EPB standards for simple renovations.
The main insulation standards for new buildings and retrofitting in the residential and tertiary sector currently being implemented in the three regions are as follows:
The Belgian National Programme for Reducing CO2 Emissions calls for strengthening the thermal insulation of new buildings through the mandatory adoption of the K55 insulation standard in the residential and tertiary sector of the three regions. Before a building permit can be issued, the calculation of the K ratio is checked by the regional administration of town planning. There are no official inspections to check compliance with this regulation. Severe problems are associated with the enforcement of the building standards. According to a study carried out in Flanders, only 1/8 of the individual houses and 1/3 of apartment buildings constructed after the introduction of the standard meet the requirements. To address the problem of poor achievement, the number of inspections has been increased and additional measures are under consideration to ensure rigorous enforcement of the standards. As the Flemish Region has decided to introduce energy performance regulation in the near future, this problem will be tackled within this system from the start in order to avoid the errors of the past.
|This record is superseded by:||Flanders: Energy Performance of Buildings regulation|
Last modified: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:50:23 CEST