Standard energy-saving: zero impact from 2020

The text was approved by the European and the United States will have to modify their building regulations.

All new buildings, starting from the end of 2020, shall certify high standards of energy efficiency.

The legislation approved by MEPs states that all buildings constructed after December 31, 2020 are close to the classification "zero-energy", ie comply with high standards of efficiency by responding to needs through the 'massive' use of renewable energy.

In this sense, the Commission will establish by 30 June 2011 a comparative methodology framework for calculating levels at optimal cost, performance, minimum energy performance requirements. Member States will commit, however, to adopt measures to achieve these requirements and achieve a uniform system of certification relating to energy efficiency. May be exempt from this requirement:

• buildings with special architectural or historic merit;

• buildings used as places of worship and for religious activities;

• temporary buildings with a time of use of two years, industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings with low energy demand;

• residential buildings used or intended to be used for less than four months a year and with an expected energy consumption by at least 25% compared to a year;

• stand-alone buildings with a total useful floor area less than 50 m2.

It will pave the way to the Public Administration by the end of 2018 or Locando buying only eco-building, however, the strong financial support of the Union will finance part of these changes.

In the case of existing buildings, where possible, the performance should be improved with renovations incentive for owners to install "smart meters" and replace heating systems for domestic hot water and air conditioning systems with high efficiency. In addition, the standards should be reviewed at regular intervals, not exceeding five years, updating them over time to reflect technical progress in the building sector.

The wait is now addressed all the publication in the Official From that moment on, in fact, States will have only two years to adapt their national legislation to the new directive.


Compulsory Certification

The owners will have to issue energy certificates for all new buildings and existing ones in case of sale and lease. As for the non-residential, the European Commission should develop, starting in 2011, a common certification.


The incentives

By the middle of 2011, Member States will have to make a list of financial and other incentives for the transition, such as programs of technical advice, grants, loan programs and low-interest loans.

According to the European Union, this "green revolution" in the construction sector in the long term should have a significant impact on European energy bill, especially on gas imports, amounting to tens of billions of euro every year.




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