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New builds to meet tough climate requirements by 2020

A far more common sight in future following a new EU directive: solar thermal collectors installed on older buildings.

A far more common sight in future following a new EU directive: solar thermal collectors installed on older buildings. © CIPRA International

From 2020 new builds in the EU will have to comply with tough energy balance requirements. Last week representatives of the European Parliament and EU states agreed that new builds should in future have virtually zero greenhouse gas emissions. Any remaining energy requirements should also be met essentially from renewable sources. These stipulations are to come into force two years earlier for public buildings.
The EU states must also push forward with measures to convert existing buildings into zero-energy homes. To this end the EU states should promote solar installations and efficient heating and air conditioning systems. EU subsidy programmes are being drawn up alongside state financing schemes to help fund the conversions.
Special provisions are to apply to holiday homes and to religious and listed buildings, etc. These provisions have yet to be adopted by the EU Parliament and the member states. The relevant decisions are due to be taken in early January 2010. EU states would then have two years to implement the provisions.
Sources: www.faz.net/s, http://umweltenergie.blogspot.com/2009/11