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The right policies and legislation are essential in order to drive Europe towards a low energy, low carbon economy.


If Europe meets its target of a 20% reduction in energy consumption by 2020, this would amount to an annual reduction of some 780 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. In order for this to happen EU and national policy makers need to prioritise energy effi ciency and commit to concrete actions to promote the uptake of energy saving technologies, including energy effi cient glazing products.


The original Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) adopted in 2002, required national governments to adopt mandatory minimum energy performance standards and energy performance certification for buildings. The Directive aimed to create a tool for communicating a building’s energy performance and to drive the sector towards more effi cient buildings.


With the growing focus on energy effi ciency and the need to meet the EU’s climate and energy targets, a revised and more robust Directive was adopted in May 2010. The new Directive requires a more ambitious framework to be put in place at national level by July 2012 including:


  • All new buildings to be ‘nearly zero energy’ by 2020
  • Minimum energy performance requirements for all building elements that are retrofitted or replaced
  • Minimum energy performance requirements for buildings undergoing “major” renovation
  • Information on improvement options to be provided on Energy
  • Performance Certificates

Beyond this, the European Commission committed in the road map towards a Low Carbon Economy to reducing energy consumption in buildings by 88 to 91% by 2050. The choice of glazing plays a vital role in determining the overall energy performance of a building. Energy effi cient glazing products can considerably reduce energy demand and significantly contribute to the energy efficiency of buildings.