New Energy Saving Package Agreed

The Council and the European Parliament have agreed on a new energy saving package, including a new Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and a new Energy Labeling Directive.

By the end of 2020 all newly-constructed buildings in the European Union should have a “very high energy performance”. Their energy needs must be covered to a very significant extent from renewable sources, including energy produced on-site or nearby.

The following buildings will be excluded from the scope of the directive: small houses (with a floor area of less than 50m2), holiday homes used for less than four months a year (or that use less than 25% of all-year energy consumption), buildings for religious activities, temporary buildings used for two years or less, industrial sites, workshops and agricultural buildings with low energy demand and protected historic buildings.


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