Improved energy efficiency for non-residential buildings
The criteria to qualify for the EU GreenBuilding programme award for energy efficiency measures in non-residential buildings are as follows: a 25% energy saving compared to the building regulations for new buildings and a 25% energy saving for refurbishments to existing buildings. It is an incentive system that encourages builders and owners to implement profitable investments and which aims to exploit efficiency potential in the commercial building sector. The IBO has been examining applications from Austria since 2010 and the established brand is continuing its work by also taking on projects from neighbouring EU member states.
The EU GreenBuilding Program
The key aims of the EU's energy and climate protection policy are to achieve a sustainable increase in energy efficiency and to increase the use of renewable energies: the European Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings was an important milestone in this context. To this end the Directorate-General for Energy and Transport of the European Commission has funded numerous projects as part of the “Intelligent Energy - Europe” programme.
One of which is the EU GreenBuilding Programme, launched in 2007, whose aim is to increase the energy efficiency of private and public service buildings.
The programme was managed by the Joint Research Centre in Ispra until October 2014. Where EU GreenBuilding has achieved a high level of market penetration, the existing contact points continue to run the programme at a national level and also have the opportunity to manage applications from neighbouring member states. IBO uses this option in the interest of its customers and supports projects to ensure they put in a successful submission.
Companies can participate in the programme if they want to improve their existing buildings or take special measures in the construction of new buildings – they can achieve the status of an EU GreenBuilding Partner or Corporate Partner. It is possible for companies with a focus on energy efficiency to become endorsers.