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Buildings account for 40% of all energy use in Europe – more than transport or industry Better design, more efficient lighting, heating, cooling and hot-water systems reduce energy use

Integrating low energy consumption into building standards helps environment and saves household/ business costs
Actors – local communities, designers, builders, owners and tenants


Legislation Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD – 2002/91/EC) Boiler Directive (89/106/EEC) SAVE Directive (93/76/EEC) Construction Products Directive (89/106/EEC) The Intelligent Energy Europe programme Funding tool for energy efficiency and renewable energy EPBD buildings platform Information on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive CONCERTO Helps local communities become more self-sufficient and efficient with energy


Efficiency criteria for buildings and products used in heating, lighting and cooling Sustainable construction technology creates market and job opportunities

More energy-efficient buildings = large cost savings
Indirect benefit – company’s image as environmentally responsible


Information for public authorities (1)
Aims EPBD – improve buildings’ energy performances and integrate energy efficiency into urban planning Buildings classified by type, size and use

National authorities define certification bodies
Common method to measure energy performance


Information for public authorities (2)
Energy efficiency standards for renovations of buildings >1,000m2 Improving energy performance of social housing Raising public awareness Thermal imaging techniques measure heat loss – implications for urban development


Good practice 1: efficient urban renewal European Green Cities (2005)
Aims to hurdle traditional barriers to energy efficiency technologies – perceived higher costs, lack of knowledge
Common model for sustainable building for varying conditions

Work with contractors on price calculations, train city authorities, builders and consultants, standards for energy efficiency
1,000 energy-efficient homes in nine countries Details:


EPBD – all buildings >50m2 need energy performance certificate when built, sold or rented Priorities – lighting, passive heating and cooling, biomass and other renewables EU rules require regular inspections for boilers and airconditioning systems Information on buildings’ energy performances for tenants/ buyers


Calderdale and Kirklees Energy Savers - CAKES (2004)
‘CAKES’ project West Yorkshire (UK)
‘One-stop shop’ for public – advice on home improvements, discount prices, loans

Network of approved installers
Finance from local credit unions Results: 1,500 homes improved, 35,000 tonnes of CO2 saved per year, average energy bills cut by €300 Details:

Training workshops/ online events Information on case studies, good practices, legislation and programmes