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EU Industry Committee: From 2019 new building only zero energy standard.

Overall energy efficiency will also be substantially improved rehabilitation. All buildings, after 31 Established in December 2018 will be their energy locally produce, says the Industry Committee of the European Parliament to amend the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. The MPs were also more public investment in energy-efficient buildings.

Up to 31 December 2018, EU Member States to ensure that all newly constructed buildings generate as much energy as they consume - for example through solar panels or heat pumps, said the report of the rapporteur, Silvia-Adriana ŢICĂU (PES, RO). The Commission proposal does not specify how the targets for zero-energy building to reach.

The Industry Committee asks that Member States set national targets as intermediate targets for existing buildings down, that is a definition of minimum percentages of buildings, the zero energy standard by 2015 and by 2020 will be.

Members define the zero-energy building as a building ", where as a consequence of the very high levels of energy efficiency of the building, the annual primary energy consumption is equal to or smaller than the energy produced from renewable energy sources on the ground." By the end of 2010, the Commission should be a detailed common European definition of "net-zero energy buildings" set, it is said in the directive.

Increased financial support for improving the energy efficiency of buildings
The Committee calls on the Member States until 30 June 2011 financial instruments for improving the energy efficiency of buildings, such as soft loans, tax rebates on income or assets, financial assistance for consumers. national action plans and so on.

In addition, the Commission until 30 June 2010 further EU funding instruments such as propose:

- Increase the share of the European Regional Development Fund for energy-efficiency measures, by at least 15%,

- The establishment of a fund energy efficiency by 2014 from the Community budget, the European Investment Bank and Member States should be financed, for the promotion of private and public investment in projects that improve the energy efficiency of buildings and

-a reduction of VAT on goods and services related to energy efficiency and renewable energies.

- An upgrade of the energy performance of buildings in the redevelopment

The overall energy efficiency of buildings must be improved, and at least meet minimum requirements when a major renovation done, or components, components and technical building systems (eg windows, boilers and air conditioning) to be replaced.

Members define a "major renovation" as a restoration of more than 25% of the building surface or if the total cost of the renovation, more than 20% of the housing price.

The minimum requirements should be determined by Member States, according to the directive. However, the Commission is to establish a common methodology for calculating the energy performance of buildings by 31 March 2010 to present.

Cottages also have minimum standards for energy performance.
The Member States should comply with minimum energy performance standards for cottages set for less than four months of the year are inhabited-the existing exemption for such houses will be deleted.

However, following the directive of the building except for: small homes (with an area of less than 50m2), buildings for religious activities, temporary buildings for less than 18 months will be constructed, workshops and agricultural buildings with low energy requirements and protected historic buildings, in where an energy-efficiency measure "their character" would be unacceptable change.

The report was tabled in committee with 36 votes, 11 votes against and three abstentions decided.
Rapporteur: Silvia-Adriana ŢICĂU (PES, RO) - Procedure: co-decision - First reading in plenary: 4-7 May 2009

Passivating home base for achievement
"To meet the targets to achieve, the passive components with all the main basis, since it guarantees the highest energy savings," presents Guenter Lang, managing director of IG Passivhaus Austria clear. "Therefore it is of utmost importance that the passive throughout Europe the standard is," said Lang continued.