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Energy efficiency of buildings: recast

A mini-hearing in the European Parliament’s committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) was held earlier this month on the recasting of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

Parliament provides climate policy outlook

The European Parliament adopted a non-legislative resolution this month recommending detailed measures that should be undertaken to combat climate change.

Compromise amendments to construction products proposal

Earlier this month the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee adopted a number of compromise and oral amendments...

Adaptation to climate change: Commission to lauch white paper to be published on 1 April

The European Commission plans to publish a White Paper on adapting to climate change on 1 April.

JRC report examines energy efficiency in buildings

EU policy on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in the area of buildings is vital in order to ensure that environmental improvements are made, says a report from the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC).

Rise in construction sector production

Seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector rose by 1.3% in the euro area and by 1.8% in the EU27 in January 2009, compared with the previous month.

Construction Products Driective revised and turned into a Regulation

MEPs met in January to discuss amendments on Articles 4 and 7 of Catherine Neris’ (Party of the European Socialists, France) Report on the proposed replacement of the Construction Products Directive 89/106/EEC by a Regulation ahead of the vote in the Internal Market Committee on 22/1/09.

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

This proposal was discussed in ITRE Committee earlier this month. Rapporteur Silvia Ticau (Party of European Socialists, Romania) called for greater fiscal incentives, including national programmes of public works needed in addition to credits, loans, tax breaks and VAT cuts.

New ISO standard for building sector

The new International Standard ISO 23045:2008 is designed to help the building sector achieve energy savings by providing it with specific design guidelines.

Rapporteur pushes for earlier plenary vote on energy efficiency of buildings

The European Parliament has adopted Silvia-Adriana Ticau’s (Party of European Socialists, Romania) Report on a Proposal for a Directive on the Energy Efficiency of Buildings by 549 votes in favour to 51 against.