Country:European Union
Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2001
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments
Policy Target:
Agency:European Commission
Legal References:Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the energy performance of buildings - COM(2001)226final

The European Commission proposed in April 2001 a new draft directive aiming at improving the energy performance of new and existing buildings within the European Union [COM(2001)226 final]. More than 40% of energy consumption is accounted for by the building sector, most of which is heating, providing hot water, cooling and lighting. It is estimated that there may be a cost-effective savings potential of over 22% of this figure. The main elements of the new draft directive are the following: - Common methodology for the development of integrated minimum performance standards in energy use to be adopted by member States for each type of building. The methodology will integrate insulation, heating, ventilation, lighting, orientation of the building, heat recovery, and renewable energy sources. - Application and regular updating of minimum standards based on this methodology for new buildings and also for existing buildings of over 1,500 m2 when renovated. - Certification schemes for new and existing buildings. - Specific inspection and assessment of heating and cooling installations by qualified personnel. A political agreement on the proposed directive was reached in the meeting of the Energy Council on 4 December 2001.

This record is superseded by:Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings

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