“Since 2002, the “Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings” (2002/91/EC), which is applicable throughout Europe, has been the basis of national legislation in the EU. Now, the European Parliament has ratified a new version of the directive. According to this new version, EU member states must ensure by 31 December 2018 that all newly constructed buildings generate as much energy as they consume – for example by means of solar collectors or heat pumps. Even now, the member states are to develop national plans for increasing the number of “net zero-energy buildings”. In addition, according to the will of the European Parliament, governments are to specify how high the proportion of zero-energy houses among existing buildings is to be for the years 2015 to 2020. In this context, public institutions are to take the lead in implementing the changes.”

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