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Improving energy performance of buildings

19-07-2018

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission adopted a ‘clean energy’ package to help the EU meet its 2030 energy and climate goals, including a targeted revision of the 2010 Directive on the energy performance of buildings (EPBD). The Commission proposed to leave intact the main features of the existing EPBD, modernise and streamline some requirements, introduce binding obligations on electro-mobility requirements in buildings, introduce a ‘smartness indicator’ that assesses the technological capability ...

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission adopted a ‘clean energy’ package to help the EU meet its 2030 energy and climate goals, including a targeted revision of the 2010 Directive on the energy performance of buildings (EPBD). The Commission proposed to leave intact the main features of the existing EPBD, modernise and streamline some requirements, introduce binding obligations on electro-mobility requirements in buildings, introduce a ‘smartness indicator’ that assesses the technological capability of buildings in energy self-production and consumption, and set clearer requirements for national databases on energy performance certificates. The Council adopted a general approach in June 2017. In Parliament the ITRE committee adopted its report in October 2017. After three rounds of trilogue negotiations, a provisional agreement was reached on 19 December 2017. After formal adoption by Parliament and Council in spring 2018, the revised EPBD was signed into law on 30 May 2018 and entered into force on 9 July 2018. Fourth edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Please note this document has been designed for on-line viewing.

The Eastman Building: A Brussels architectural gem for the House of European History

28-04-2017

The Eastman Building, which is situated right beside the European institutions in the heart of the Quartier Léopold is set to become the House of European History, opening its doors in 2017. The choice and renovation of this former dental clinic will highlight the building's historical value to the cultural heritage of Brussels and Europe. The dental clinic was set up by George Eastman, the founder of Kodak. It was built in 1935 in Parc Léopold, a centre for science and recreation since the end of ...

The Eastman Building, which is situated right beside the European institutions in the heart of the Quartier Léopold is set to become the House of European History, opening its doors in 2017. The choice and renovation of this former dental clinic will highlight the building's historical value to the cultural heritage of Brussels and Europe. The dental clinic was set up by George Eastman, the founder of Kodak. It was built in 1935 in Parc Léopold, a centre for science and recreation since the end of the nineteenth century. At various stages it has been a public clinic, a learning establishment and a retirement home. The European Parliament leased the building in 1985 to accommodate its administrative services, a print shop and a crèche. Over the years, it has also been used by other EU bodies such as the European Ombudsman and the European Court of Auditors. In 2009, the European Parliament decided that, after substantial renovation and extension, it should accommodate the House of European History. Its mission will be to present European history over the last two centuries through resolutely modern museography. Thus, the Eastman Building will continue to educate and reach out to the public.

Energy performance of buildings

28-02-2017

The IA appears to provide a thorough analysis of the current situation and of the likely impacts of the proposed options, based on sound and comprehensive research. The Commission explains the models used for the analysis and is open about the key assumptions. The IA relies largely on the wide stakeholder consultation activities carried out for the ex post evaluation of the EPBD (published on the same day as the IA). However, generally speaking, the information on stakeholders' views in the IA could ...

The IA appears to provide a thorough analysis of the current situation and of the likely impacts of the proposed options, based on sound and comprehensive research. The Commission explains the models used for the analysis and is open about the key assumptions. The IA relies largely on the wide stakeholder consultation activities carried out for the ex post evaluation of the EPBD (published on the same day as the IA). However, generally speaking, the information on stakeholders' views in the IA could have been more precise; the stakeholder support for each option is not readily apparent from the IA.

EU Heating and Cooling Strategy: A path to decarbonising homes and industry

11-05-2016

The EU Heating and Cooling Strategy, which is part of the European Commission's Sustainable Energy Security Package, presents a vision for an EU which has decarbonised buildings and industry, maximises the use of energy released from waste heat and cold in industry, and encourages district heating. Although the strategy does not announce any new legislative proposals, it presents some steps the European Commission may consider in the process of revising existing energy legislation, both to improve ...

The EU Heating and Cooling Strategy, which is part of the European Commission's Sustainable Energy Security Package, presents a vision for an EU which has decarbonised buildings and industry, maximises the use of energy released from waste heat and cold in industry, and encourages district heating. Although the strategy does not announce any new legislative proposals, it presents some steps the European Commission may consider in the process of revising existing energy legislation, both to improve implementation and to align it with 2030 climate and energy targets. The Commission has announced it would look to improve the financing of building stock renovations and simplify improvements in rented apartments and multi-apartment buildings. The Commission suggests industry could achieve efficiency gains of 4-10% with existing technologies, but does not introduce any binding targets. However, according to its vision, surplus heat and cold from industrial processes would in future be reused in district heating and cooling systems, with a special contribution from cogeneration plants producing heat and power in a highly energy-efficient process. Today, biomass is the most widely used renewable source for heating in all sectors, yet its use is not problem-free. Furthermore, some stakeholders question the economic feasibility of investing in new district and cooling systems, while others point to inconsistencies between the Heating and Cooling Strategy and the Energy Security Package in its sections referring to the security of gas supply.

Social Housing in the European Union

15-01-2013

This briefing paper provides an overview of the social housing sector in the EU area. After presenting how Member States define social housing, it details the response of the sector to the 2007–2008 financial crisis. In addition, it sheds light on the most recent developments at the EU level on the conflicting interests that are necessary to reconcile within the sector: ensuring adequate and affordable housing for all citizens, yet guaranteeing open competition among market players. Finally, innovative ...

This briefing paper provides an overview of the social housing sector in the EU area. After presenting how Member States define social housing, it details the response of the sector to the 2007–2008 financial crisis. In addition, it sheds light on the most recent developments at the EU level on the conflicting interests that are necessary to reconcile within the sector: ensuring adequate and affordable housing for all citizens, yet guaranteeing open competition among market players. Finally, innovative social housing projects are presented.

External author

IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor, Michela Braga (fRDB and Bocconi University) and Pietro Palvarini (fRDB and University of Milan Bicocca)

Study on Energy Performance of Buildings

16-02-2009

The study aims to provide input into ongoing discussions on the recasting of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). It focuses on the current status of implementation of the EPBD, the impacts of the Directive, and looks at a number best practise lessons. The study also analyses a number of remaining key issues, linkages to other policies, and relates this to the recast of the EPBD as proposed by the Commission. The study gives a number of recommendations for future development.

The study aims to provide input into ongoing discussions on the recasting of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). It focuses on the current status of implementation of the EPBD, the impacts of the Directive, and looks at a number best practise lessons. The study also analyses a number of remaining key issues, linkages to other policies, and relates this to the recast of the EPBD as proposed by the Commission. The study gives a number of recommendations for future development.

External author

Heather Haydock and Jo-Anne Arbon (AEA Technology, United Kingdom) with contributions from Mihaela Dupleac, Eliza Hotchkiss, Emma Veryan, Nigel Pratten, Helene Brayer and Diana Goult

Agencies' Buildings

15-12-2008

This note summarises information provided by the agencies regarding the buildings they occupy in the Member States and Brussels. Most agencies rent/lease - only 7 occupy buildings owned by themselves/the Communities. OHIM has the largest premises overall and CEPOL the smallest, while FRA has the largest and the ECHA the smallest premises in terms of size per member of staff. The highest rents are paid in London, Brussels and Luxembourg, whereas CEPOL, ENISA, ETF and EUROFOUND enjoy their premises ...

This note summarises information provided by the agencies regarding the buildings they occupy in the Member States and Brussels. Most agencies rent/lease - only 7 occupy buildings owned by themselves/the Communities. OHIM has the largest premises overall and CEPOL the smallest, while FRA has the largest and the ECHA the smallest premises in terms of size per member of staff. The highest rents are paid in London, Brussels and Luxembourg, whereas CEPOL, ENISA, ETF and EUROFOUND enjoy their premises virtually rent-free. While some agencies used a negotiated or open procedure to select their buildings, the majority have bought or are renting the only building(s) proposed to them by the Member States. Several agencies have indicated that they need more space. Please note there are two pdf files available below: the first one is the annex containing the original replies by the Agencies to the European Parliament's questionnaire and the second one is the note summarising these replies.

Indoor Pollution - An Overview

01-07-1997

This is a study which looks at the potential health problems of working in an indoor office environment, where air conditioning and the use of various materials and solvents can contribute to respiratory and other difficulties.

This is a study which looks at the potential health problems of working in an indoor office environment, where air conditioning and the use of various materials and solvents can contribute to respiratory and other difficulties.

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