Building envelope industry calls for Energy Efficiency First approach in EPBD and EED revision

The European Commission has launched the revision of the directives on the Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD) and on Energy Efficiency (EED). If well designed, this process could trigger the deep energy renovation of the EU building stock. The European associations of the glazing and thermal insulation industries call on the Commission to build the legislation around the goal to lift our building stock to nearly zero energy demand levels by 2050, to observe the Energy Efficiency First approach by first minimising heating and cooling demand, and by providing a consistent, long-term supportive framework including building renovation passports.
The PU Europe Managing Director, Oliver Loebel, commented: “Our buildings will change very significantly over the next decades. They will be integrated in smart supply networks, generate and store energy, and participate in demand response. However, all of this will only be possible, if the building minimises its own energy demand in the first place. Adding new supply capacities without taking into account savings potentials will discourage energy efficiency measures or lead to stranded assets on the supply side.”
Meeting our 2050 targets will require a multitude of different technologies. Putting them in place in the right order will increase the overall cost-effectiveness and guarantee the supply of secure, competitive and sustainable energy for Europe. 
To the letter of the building envelope industry here