Key recommendations from the EU to reduce the energy consumption at home
Nowadays the energy consumption of families and companies around the world is a key element among the daily expenses, and Spain is not an exception. In this regard, the European Union remember the importance of promoting the energy efficiency in the buildings since they represent near 40% of the final consumption of energy.
The goal is that by 2020 all new buildings have almost zero or very low energy consumption. Thus, Brussels recommends, for example, using renewable energy sources, ensuring comfort and hygiene of indoor air quality, or sanctioning those buildings that do not meet the deadlines.
Recently has been published at the Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE) the recommendations of the European Union on the guidelines to promote buildings of almost zero energy consumption and the best practices to guarantee that before the end of 2020 all the new buildings are of almost null energy consumption.
The recommendations that the European Union offers to member countries are the following:
- Encourages Member States to redouble their efforts to ensure the full implementation and enforcement of the provisions of the Near-Nonstructural Energy Efficiency Directive (EECN) in order to ensure that all new buildings are of almost zero consumption in deadlines laid down in the Directive.
- Member States are recommended to use renewable energy sources within the framework of an integrated design in order to meet the hypoenergetic requirements of buildings with almost zero energy consumption.
- It is recommended that Member States determine the mechanism they will use to monitor compliance with EECN objectives and to consider the possibility of imposing differentiated sanctions for new buildings after the deadlines set by the Directive (2020) for The EECNs.
- A stronger and closer connection between EECN policies, measures and objectives is recommended. For example, some countries have launched awareness-raising and information campaigns; education and training measures; building ordinances, or energy efficiency certificates, as in the case of Spain.
- The European Commission recommends that Member States accelerate progress in the implementation of support policies specifically aimed at renovating the existing stockpile with a view to adapting it to EECN levels. Member States should articulate a coherent mix of policy instruments (packages of measures) to provide the necessary long-term stability for those investing in the efficient construction sector (including housing projects for adaptation to EECN levels).
The collection of reliable data is recommended to monitor the effects of the applied policies and, in this way, be able to respond to the specific needs and to supervise the renovation of the real estate stock.
The movements towards the increasing of the levels of sustainability and efficiency in our energy consumption is going to be present in the EU agenda for the next years. But this is much more than that as the goals established from the EU also represent an investment opportunity (public and private) in order to satisfy the needs of efficiency.
Source: European Comission & Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE).