Open Letter – EPBD vote: unique opportunity to unlock the flexibility of buildings

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

The revised EPBD offers a unique opportunity to unlock the flexibility of buildings, to use them as a source of demand response for the overall electricity system and grid, and to boost innovation, investment and competition in European industry. As the business association for demand-side flexibility in Europe, the SEDC calls on ITRE MEPs to vote in favour of a strong EPBD next week.

The SEDC welcomes strengthened provisions under the rapporteurship of Bendt Bendtsen MEP on:

  • The smartness indicator, which would give a recognisable and marketable identification of the available demand flexibility of a building. 
  • Building automation and control systems requirements for large non-residential buildings which ensure that demand response can take place seamlessly and without inconvenience to consumers and building owners. 
  • Charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, although ambition could have been higher.
  • Innovative financing options.