The stakeholder meeting to present and discuss findings of the technical assistance study for ensuring optimal performance of Technical Building Systems under the EPBD was held on 01 July 2021. The objective of the study is to develop guidance for Member States aimed at supporting the effective establishment and enforcement of Articles 8(1), 8(9) on system requirements for Technical Building Systems, and Articles 14(4) and 15(4) on the automation and control systems for heating and air conditioning systems of the EPBD Directive. According to estimates, the total energy saving potential in the EU due to correctly implemented system performance requirements for TBS ranges from 14% to 31%. The largest saving potential is related to space heating, but space cooling and ventilation are also of high relevance.

Concrete dates to be announced later in the year

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak already forced the postponement of the upcoming EUROVENTSUMMIT from September 2020 to October 2021. After carefully evaluating the situation, the organisers have decided that the Summit will be further postponed to 2022.

Set of stakeholder workshops running in parallel with the Public Consultation

The review of the EPBD started with a Roadmap/Inception Impact Assessment that could be commented upon until 22 March 2021. Since then, a Public Consultation has been launched that runs until 22 June 2022. The Commission has also tasked the consultant Trinomics to gather stakeholder views through hosting stakeholder workshops.

European Parliament picks up on long-standing industry petition to regulate Indoor Air Quality

On 25 March 2021, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the implementation of the Ambient Air Quality (AAQ) Directives, in which it calls on the European Commission to regulate Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) as well. The resolution is not binding on the Commission but is nevertheless a significant milestone in the efforts to enshrine IAQ into legislation. It confirms there is growing appreciation among legislators of the importance of clean air indoors, reflecting an ambition which Eurovent has been advocating for consistently.

Eurovent petitions the Commission to strengthen IEQ throughout the Directive

The review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) has started. In its submission to the roadmap, Eurovent calls on the European Commission to mainstream indoor environmental quality (IEQ) considerations into the Directive. If this is done well, the EPBD could serve to achieve both healthier and more energy efficient buildings, leveraging the synergies between the two. Read the full Eurovent Position Paper on the review of the EPBD now.

Stakeholder workshops in advance of the public consultation

EU DG Energy has asked a team of consultants from Trinomics, Guidehouse, Öko-Institut and Ricardo to provide support to the impact assessment and the stakeholder consultation process on the review of the EPBD. A series of workshops will be hosted from 31 March 2021 onwards.

European Commission proposal planned by end of 2021

On 22 February 2021, the European Commission published its inception impact assessment. It outlines three options that would support the Renovation Wave and contribute to the EU’s 2030 and 2050 climate and energy objectives.

Technical assistance study for ensuring optimal performance of technical building systems (TBS)

The objective of this study is to provide technical assistance to the European Commission services for the development and the dissemination of technical guidelines aimed to support an effective establishment and enforcement of the EPBD (EU 2018/844) articles relating to among others heating systems, air conditioning systems, ventilation and building automation controls systems.

The second stakeholder meeting on the preparatory study for Building Automation and Control Systems (BACS) was held on 15 December 2020. The study team presented and discussed the deliverables. The proposed Ecodesign requirements for control systems are made separately at the packaged product level and at the installed product level. Written comments on the proposal may be submitted until 19 January 2021.

Comments on technical screening criteria welcome until 18 December 2020

The European Commission is seeking feedback on the draft delegated act establishing the technical screening criteria under the Taxonomy Regulation. These technical screening criteria specify the conditions under which particular economic activities qualify as sustainable. They include activities in the HVACR sector. The draft act is open for feedback until 18 December 2020.

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