The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive requires all new buildings to be nearly-zero by the end of 2020. All new public buildings already must be nearly zero-energy by 2018.
Nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEBs) have a very high energy performance so that the low amount of energy that these buildings require can come from renewable sources (Source: ec.europa.eu).
There is a considerable amount of knowledge and experience already available in different European regions such as Tyrol, Hannover and Brussels that have successfully implemented Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) approaches. With the Passive House Standard as a basis complemented by renewables, some regions have delivered a blueprint. At the same time, many regions newer to NZEB approaches are quickly developing inspiring solutions and valuable strategies. Some of their buildings were built between 2012 and 2015 in the Beacon Regions of the PassREg project; others were awarded with the 2014 Passive House Award.
Within the EU-funded project PassReg, these successful approaches, methods and tools were already gathered and made accessible for regions and stakeholders throughout the EU and beyond in an open source wiki, known as the Solutions Open Source (SOS). Furthermore, there is an informational online-brochure (Flipbook) available showing best NZEB practices based on the Passive House standard in combination with renewable energies. Most importantly, the brochure provides strong examples of how municipalities can implement NZEBs through the use of Passive House and renewables. It is ideal to be shared with local politicians and relevant municipal representatives in assisting in defining the Nearly Zero Energy Building and providing compelling measures that municipalities can implement for the building sector in achieving policy goals and regulations. Benefit from the already existing knowledge and have a look!
When starting an EU-funded project such as Sinfonia, it is always important to link to already existing projects and build on already existing tools.
The main lessons learned from the PassREg project were: More information: https://passreg.eu/
The main lessons learned from the PassREg project were:
More information: https://passreg.eu/