Nearly Zero Energy Buildings: A European mystery
Love it or loathe it, the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), and its recast creation Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB), are here to stay and apparently “save the day” for building energy efficiency. Whilst targeted at sizably reducing the impact of energy consumption in all new buildings as of 1 January 2021 (and 1 January 2019 for new public buildings), the implementation (or lack thereof) of NZEB legislation in Member States appears to have done much to cast the new build industry into disarray in its quest to mobilise EU member states to reduce the environmental impact of their respective building stock.
Working with heating system manufacturers and the new build industry, we at Delta Energy & Environment have been exposed to this first hand as part of our current investigation into the future impact of the EPBD & NZEB regulations on the heating market.
The NZEB regulatory puzzle
On paper at least, some countries, such as Denmark, are well on their way with fully detailed NZEB definitions in place, whilst others appear to be kicking the proverbial can down the road in a traditional head-in-the-sand approach to EU commission compliance. However, all EU member states have one thing in common when it comes to NZEB regulations: the heating & new build industries have been left scratching their collective heads with uncertainty and confusion as to what any of it means.
Industry needs clues, if not answers, when it comes to the following key NZEB questions:
- How will the building industry implement and meet these NZEB requirements?
- What heating systems will manufacturers and suppliers be able to sell into new build dwellings come 2021, let alone the retrofit sector?
- Do the current members of the building industry have the capability to meet this challenge? What additional training and upskilling might be required?
- What support (or penalties) are on offer for the EU member states to facilitate (or enforce) compliance?
Delta-ee the NZEB sleuths
As part of our research into the impact of NZEB requirements in new builds, we at Delta-ee look to don our deerstalker hat, grab our sidekick Dr. Watson, and unravel this European building industry mystery. Combining our deep insight into the European low-carbon heating market and our NZEB compliance model which we developed in-house, we have investigated 5 EU heating markets, and striven to get to the bottom of what heating technologies can make it big in this brave new soon-to-be NZEB-driven building world.
So who do you think will be the winners and losers of the NZEB revolution? Join us for our next NZEB webinar on Friday the 26th of February where we posit our solution to the NZEB puzzle. In the meantime, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.