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Parliamentary question - E-000448/2022(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Ms Simson on behalf of the European Commission

In recent years, housing supply has not matched demand, leading to strong yearly price increases. The focus on newbuilds has increased the number of available square meters per person but it has also driven up nominal energy consumption. The transformation of housing into financial assets or commodities is another driver of the rising costs.

Telework and COVID-related slowdown of the economy have increased the importance of managing residential energy costs. Those factors are not linked to the energy performance of buildings Directive. Markets are starting to adapt to the new situation and prices are stabilising.

In line with the Commission’s 2020 Renovation Wave Strategy[1], the obligation to renovate worst performing buildings will contribute to alleviating energy poverty. Worst performing buildings[2] are more likely to be occupied by vulnerable consumers.

When providing financial support, Member States will be required to shield tenants from disproportionate rent levels following renovation[3]. One of the most important elements for a cost-effective transition is legal certainty and stability. This is where the common European framework and national planning can be indispensable.

The Commission is not proposing to implement uniform efficiency standards across the EU. Buildings in Energy Performance Class ‘G’ will be those belonging to the 15% worst performing buildings, to be defined by each Member State based on the differences in the national building stocks.

It is Member States’ responsibility to set specific energy consumption requirements for buildings and building elements. In this way, a cost-optimal balance can be achieved between the investments and the energy savings throughout the lifecycle of the building.

Last updated: 21 March 2022
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