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Green light for the new EPBD!

See also update May 15 / June 19, 2018

On Tuesday 17 April the European Parliament gave its final approval on the revised Energy Performance of Buildings directive (EPBD). Approved with a majority vote of 81%. This vote follows the political agreement reached between negotiators from the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, last December, on these new rules for improving the energy performance of buildings.

Stronger role of the EPB standards

From the amended (new) text of EPBD Annex 1, point 1:

“Member States shall describe their national calculation methodology following the national annexes of the overarching standards, namely ISO 52000-1, 52003-1, 52010-1, 52016-1, and 52018-1, developed under mandate M/480 given to the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN). This provision shall not constitute a legal codification of those standards.”

Although the new EPBD does not force the Member States to apply the set of EPB standards , the obligation to describe the national calculation methodology following the national annexes of the overarching standards will push the Member States to explain where and why they deviate from these standards. This will lead to an increased recognition and promotion of the set of EPB standards across the Member States and will have a positive impact on the implementation of the Directive.

The EPB Center at your service

The EPB Center is dedicated to provide stakeholders and interested parties with technical support for the implementation and dissemination of information on the set of EPB standards at national and regional level.


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Next steps

Following the approval by the European Parliament of the revised directive on Energy Performance of Buildings, the Council of Ministers will now have to finalise its formal agreement in an upcoming Council meeting in the coming weeks. This endorsement will be followed shortly by the publication of the text in the Official Journal of the Union, which will enter into force 20 days after publication. Member States will then have to transpose the new elements of the Directive into national law within 20 months.