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<EPBD: Private Property Breakfast at the European Parliament

On 30 May, at the key moment in the work of Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE), the lead committee on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, the coalition of European private real estate, European Historic Houses Association (EHHA), European Landowners' Organization (ELO), European Property Federation (EPF), the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI) and The European Group of Valuers' Associations (TEGoVA) hosted a parliamentary breakfast on "Clean Energy Package - Reconciling energy efficiency and housing affordability" co-hosted by:

  • Anneli Jäätteenmäki MEP (ALDE - Liberals), Environment Committee (ENVI) Rapporteur for the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)
  • Miapetra Kumpula-Natri MEP (S&D - Socialists), Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) Shadow Rapporteur for EPBD
  • Markus Pieper, EPP (Christian Democrats) ITRE Shadow Rapporteur for the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED)

all of whom were speakers along with:

  • Bendt Bendtsen MEP (EPP), ITRE Rapporteur for EPBD (photo)
  • Peter Kouroumbashev MEP (S&D), Member, ITRE
  • Paul Hodson (Head of Energy Efficiency, European Commission)
  • Michael MacBrien (Director General, EPF)
  • Kai Warnecke (President, Haus und Grund Deutschland / Vice President, UIPI)

Moderated by Emmanuelle Causse (UIPI)

The Coalition used this occasion to put forward its main proposals for improving the Directive:

  • Ensuring that electromobility works are triggered by major renovation that covers either the building's electrical system or the parking lot. In the case of the outside, adjacent parking lot, only if it undergoes major renovation
  • Ensuring that European Commission work on a building smartness indicator is conducted openly and transparently with organised stakeholder involvement.
  • Amending the provision by which all subsidies for energy performance renovation must depend on a comparison of 'before' and 'after' energy performance certificates (EPCs). This involves unwelcome exclusive emphasis on EPCs which in many countries are grossly inaccurate, ignores other, more reliable certificates and implies that pay-out of the subsidy can only take place after the works are completed which is highly counter-productive in terms of energy efficiency results as many owners need up-front payment.