The European Parliament and Council have reached a provisional agreement on the strengthened Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) to enhance building energy performance and promote solar readiness in new constructions. Here are the key measures:

  • EU member states must reduce average primary energy use of residential buildings by 16% by 2030 and 20-22% by 2035.​​​​​​​ At least 55% of the decrease in the average primary energy use must come from renovating the worst-performing buildings, exempting historical or holiday homes. ​​​​​​​
  • Non-residential buildings face gradual improvement standards for renovation - the 16% and 26% worst-performing buildings will need to be renovated by 2030 and 2033, respectively.
  • EU member states have to ensure new buildings are fit to host rooftop solar PV or solar thermal installations.
  • Existing public and non-residential building solar will need to be installed starting from 2027.​​​​​​​

Source of information: https://www.pv-tech.org/eu-to-improve-energy-performance-of-buildings-rooftop-solar-required-to-be-installed-from-2027/ (Published 11 December 2023).