AREA and other sectors active in the supply and servicing of energy equipment in buildings co-signed an industry statement on the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), calling on to strengthen the impact of Technical Buildings Systems (TBS).

The statement recalls that “today, despite the obvious benefits, basic building automation and control functionalities of heating, cooling, ventilation systems, lighting and blind integration as well as regular service and maintenance are often missing or being neglected, although they could trigger energy savings of over 30% at very low payback times.”

To address the matter, the industries call on to:

  • Support mandatory inspections and additional electronic monitoring and control system requirements for large buildings (Articles 14 and 15)
  • Support a smartness indicator (Article 8) that tap the potential of TBS
  • Support the application of harmonized energy performance calculation methods in all EU Member States (Annex I)

The proposal for a revision of the EPBD is currently discussed in the European Parliament and in the Council.