Lawmaker pushes ‘neighbourhood’ approach in revised EU buildings law

(16 Jun 2022) The lawmaker overseeing the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) in the European Parliament is pushing for a novel approach to buildings that sees them as part of a broader neighbourhood instead of isolated units.

Green MEP Ciarán Cuffe, the lead negotiator for the EPBD in Parliament, submitted his draft report on 6 June to the assembly’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).

Cuffe, who previously served as a Minister of State in Ireland, pushes for the decarbonisation of all buildings in Europe, both residential and non-residential.

As an architect and urban planner, I know we can make vast improvements to the energy performance of our buildings to create warmer, safer homes that are better for our planet,” he said.

Tabled in December by the European Commission, the revised EPBD aims to accelerate the energy renovation of worst-performing buildings while prioritising social safeguards and financial support for households at risk of energy poverty. The objective is to reduce Europe’s dependence on fossil fuels, and contribute to meeting the EU’s climate targets.

“I know we can and must provide better protection for vulnerable families against extreme weather events and volatile energy prices,” said Cuffe.

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