Evaluation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is one of the most important pieces of EU legislation for the real estate sector. The European Commission has published a public consultation on the evaluation of the EPBD. The objective of the consultation is to consult stakeholders on the review of the EPBD and evaluate whether the Directive has met its aims. The consultation period will end on 31 October. CEPI is consulting its member associations and will prepare a response.

The terms of the EPBD require the Commission to carry out an evaluation of the Directive by 1 January 2017. In addition the Energy Efficiency Communication of July 2014 indicated that additional measures to be introduced to improve energy efficiency would need to primarily address the energy efficiency of buildings and targets if progress is to be made to meet the targets which the EU has set for 2030.

The EPBD requires Member States to set energy performance standards for buildings, to issue buildings with energy performance certificates and to ensure that, by the end of 2020, all new buildings are “nearly zero energy” buildings. Member States were required to have most of the measures required by the Directive in force by January 2013. However, there remain problems in some Member States with the implementation of the Directive and levels of investment in energy efficiency in buildings, particularly in the existing residential building stock.

More information about the public consultation is available at