EU Experience

These position papers highlight best practice approaches, levels of ambition, systems and experiences in particular EU Member States in relation to the aspects of the EPBD most relevant to building energy code (ECBC) implementation in India.  Position Paper 1 gives an overview of the entire implementation process, as four blocks of tasks covering Adoption, Compliance, Enforcement and Leverage. The Adoption phase covers: governance approaches, action planning, stakeholder consultations, modelling studies, the role of technical standards, impact assessment, legal adoption, assigned powers and functions, and administrative and data systems. Position Papers 2 and 3 focus on the specifics of the legal transposition/ notification process and the support role of EU technical standards – which is underlaid by a goal of encouraging smoother inter-State trade in energy efficient construction products and services.

 No. Position Paper Indicative elements
1 State action plans for implementing EPBD – (including road maps to ‘Nearly Zero Energy Buildings’ (NZEB))
  • National Energy Efficiency Action Plans
  • Institutional authority group
  • Resourcing and stakeholder consultation
  • Legislative transposition of EPBD
  • Building energy codes:  Cost optimal studies and setting of energy performance requirements
  • Roadmaps to ‘Nearly Zero Energy Buildings’ (NZEB) – Definitions, approaches, treatment of renewables
  • Capacity building: Technical tools development, People/ skills development initiatives, On-line administrative systems development, research projects, demonstration projects
  • Roles of construction industry product and service providers
  • Communications strategy and actions
  • Timetables
2 EPBD and Building Energy Codes – The process of transposition/ notification into national legislation
  • Cost optimal assessment studies – concept and approach, life cycle analysis, building typologies
  • Cost impact and Regulatory Impact Assessment
  • Stakeholder consultations
  • Assigned powers and functions
  • Resourcing
  • Setting requirements for new buildings
  • Building energy renovation and building components
  • Legislative drafting process
  • Technical Guidance Documents
3 The role of European/ national Standards
  • Prior status of Standards
  • EU Commission mandate to CEN
  • Review and development of Standards suite
  • Hierarchy of Standards – overall building performance, system performance, product specifications, certification format, test methods etc.
  • National and regional flexibilities
  • Support role to Directives on Energy Performance of Buildings and on Eco-design