Open Letter: It is time to enable the transition towards the building stock of tomorrow

Friday, December 15th, 2017

smartEn, together with AIE, BEAMA, EHPA, EPEE, ESMIG, EU.bac, Gimélec, SolarPower Europe, VDMA and ZVEI calls on EU Members States and the European Commission to support the ambitious revision of the EPBD put forward by the European Parliament, with the vote of Bendt Bendtsen’s report in the ITRE Committee on 11th October.

Our associations call on the Council and the Commission to support the following issues:
1) Ambitious long-term renovation strategies with clear milestones to boost the renovation of the existing building stock, considering the different building types (residential, non-residential and public buildings) by promoting tailor-made and technology-neutral incentive schemes (e.g. financing, deployment of smart technologies, national milestones for renovation strategies).
2) Mandatory deployment of Building Automation and Control (BAC) systems in large non-residential buildings, in order to ensure proper maintenance, bring major energy savings, reduce CO2 emissions, improve health of occupants and create thousands of jobs.
3) Promote the new smartness indicator of buildings to support consumer empowerment, ICT integration, and buildings’ ability to interact with the energy system and deliver flexibility.
4) Go beyond energy savings provisions and adopt a holistic view of buildings’ involvement in the energy system, by enabling a proper framework for the deployment of infrastructures (i.e. on-site renewable generation, smart metering, demand-side flexibility and electro-mobility, storage) that will facilitate the buildings’ integration into a wider energy ‘eco-system’ (e.g. smart grid & micro-grid, sector connection between electricity and thermal energy).