Towards nearly zero-energy buildings

Definition of common principles under the EPBD

Published: 11/06/2013

Europe aims at bringing about drastic reductions of greenhouse gas emissions in the residential and service sectors of about 90% compared to 1990 by 2050. Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings are a major element of European climate policy. Already by 2021, every new building in Europe has to meet this standard.

During 2012, a consortium led by Ecofys undertook a study for the European Commission to provide more guidance to Member States and the Commission with regards to the implementation of the requirements for nearly zero-energy buildings under the EPBD. The study features benchmarks for nearly zero-energy buildings for different European climates, an analytical framework for evaluating Member States national plans for increasing the number of nearly zero energy buildings, a reporting template for these plans and an analysis of the convergence between cost optimal levels and nearly zero-energy buildings.

The full report and an executive summary are available for download at:

Below webcast by Dr. Andreas Hermelink, one of the main authors, provides you with a comprehensive understanding of this new building standard.

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Nearly zero-energy building (Source: Schwarz)