17 mar 2023 10:42 p.m
The EU Parliament passes a law for mandatory building renovation by 2030. According to this, old buildings must be equipped with new heating and insulation measures for “climate neutrality”. Apartments that do not meet these standards may not be occupied, rented or sold in the future.
On Tuesday, the European Parliament adopted the draft law on measures to increase the renovation rate and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from buildings. In the press statement “Parliament for climate-neutral buildings by 2050”, the EU announced on Tuesday that this project would serve the well-being of millions of people in Europe:
“We want the directive to reduce fuel poverty, cut emissions and create better indoor climates for people’s health. This is a growth strategy for Europe that will create hundreds of thousands of quality, local jobs in construction, renovation and renewable energy energies while improving the well-being of millions of people in Europe.”
This was the beginning of the de facto abolition of private ownership of apartments, explained the news portal tkp from Austria. In order to save the climate, homeowners would be expropriated, the article said. Around 35 million properties in Europe would be affected by the mandatory energy-related refurbishment of “old buildings”. The proposal would concern the actions of the “Fit for 55” programme, through which tkp already reported.
After the practical abolition of private car traffic and the dismantling of the European car industry by banning combustion engines, the new EU decision would force many homeowners to sell, the news portal assessed the legal consequences. The homeowners are not in a position to finance the required conversions to “climate neutrality”.
With the new EU directive, the aim is to optimize the overall energy efficiency of buildings by 2030, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption and become climate-neutral by 2050, according to the justification. Accordingly, all new buildings should initially be emission-free from 2028 and be equipped with solar systems by 2028. For new buildings used by authorities, the zero-emission requirements would already apply from 2026. There are exceptions up to 2032 for buildings where the measures are associated with major renovations.
For the concrete implementation and evaluation of the buildings, the instruments of energy efficiency classes were cited. This enables the building energy efficiency to be classified into classes A to G. Energy efficiency class G corresponds to the 15 percent of buildings with the worst values in the building stock. According to the draft law, such buildings would have to achieve at least Class E by 2030 and Class D by 2033.
An improvement in energy efficiency must take place either when the building is sold, rented again or renovated. Then insulation measures would have to be implemented or better heating systems installed.
This “climate-neutral conversion” of buildings could cost 254 billion euros in Germany alone, for which tenants and owners would have to pay primarily Mirror on this. As the magazine continues reported, the project would be controversial due to the expected high costs for homeowners. Markus Pieper from the CDU said: “It will overwhelm homeowners.”
The German MEP Jutta Paulus from the Greens, on the other hand, said the measure would be easy on consumers’ wallets: “The aim of the upcoming negotiations is to massively reduce the energy consumption of buildings and to protect consumers’ wallets.”
The “trick” would be that, he said tkp-Article,
“that an apartment that does not meet the new standards will be ‘frozen’, meaning the owner will not be able to occupy it, rent it out or sell it.”
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