The european ‘building envelope’ industry position on upscaling deep renovation in the clean energy package
Three essential pillars to put building renovation back on track
Reaching a high performance of the building envelope for the EU building stock is essential in achieving the overall ambition of the Clean Energy package, but it is not sufficiently considered in the revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) proposals. A highly performing building envelope is often taken for granted, but it necessitates a supportive policy framework to be able to bring its true contribution to consumers, business and government alike.
As demonstrated by numerous studies and the European Commission’s own impact assessment (i.e. EPBD and Heating and Cooling), reaching a high performance building envelope:
→ Represents the highest cost-effective potential for CO2 mitigation in Europe, given that over three quarters of Europe’s buildings were built before energy performance requirements were installed;
→ Creates the expected growth and job creation in the construction sector;
→ Improves comfort and wellbeing of building occupants and rests at the heart of healthy buildings;
→ Alleviates EU citizens from energy poverty by reducing their energy need.
Our associations represent EU manufacturers of innovative construction products and raw materials for the building envelope. The building envelope is the physical separator between the interior and exterior of a building.
Components of the envelope are typically: walls, floors, roofs, windows and doors. We have come together to call for a policy framework that truly up-scales speed and depth of renovation of buildings in the EU.
We draw your attention to the improvements needed on three aspects of the EPBD and EED. These considerations must find a response in the future legislations for more specific measures to enable the building sector to contribute fully to the energy and climate goals of the European Union and thereby honour its commitment to the Paris Agreement.