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EVIA position paper on the Inception Impact Assessment into the revision of Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)


Ventilation systems in buildings to deliver on energy efficiency and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

The European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA) shares the European Commission’s ambition laid out in the European Green Deal and the Renovation Wave to make buildings more energy-efficient and less carbon-intensive over their entire lifecycle. The kick-start of the revision process of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) has coincided with the one-year anniversary of the deadline for transposition of the 2018 text. Today, many Member States have still not fully implemented this legislation and some of Member States’ Long-Term Renovation Strategies (LTRS) are out of sync with EU energy and climate objectives.

EVIA welcomes the possibility to provide feedback on the Inception Impact Assessment and supports policy option 3 as the most appropriate way forward in the current context: amending the EPBD to translate the actions proposed in the Renovation Wave and to increase the ambition towards building decarbonisation. To this end, EVIA considers that improvements in the following two complementary areas are essential:

  • Ensuring all buildings benefit from a sufficient controlled air renewal through mechanical ventilation to deliver both on decreased energy consumption and adequate IAQ.
  • Guaranteeing the performance of this equipment throughout time thanks to regular inspections.