Nearly zero-energy buildings
Nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEBs) have very high energy performance. The low amount of energy that these buildings require comes mostly from renewable sources.
The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive requires all new buildings to be nearly zero-energy by the end of 2020. All new public buildings must be nearly zero-energy by 2018.
EU countries have to draw up national plans to increase the number of NZEBs.
A European Commission progress report from 2013 found that EU countries had to significantly step up their efforts to take advantage of the opportunities presented by NZEBs.
Information from individual countries
In 2014, the European Commission examined progress across EU countries towards the NZEB target. This updated information is presented in two templates.
The first template presents information on intermediate targets and policy measures for NZEBs. The second template provides information on the national application of the definition of NZEBs from the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.