Active House at the EU Sustainable Energy Week
The Active House Alliance has been continuously showcasing national developments and raising awareness on successful initiatives and projects on the ground. Together with the International Passive House Association, this year the Active House Alliance co-organised a high-level policy conference during the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015 (EUSEW15) on 18 June. Here, the “Implementation of nearly zero energy buildings (NZEB) into national legislation” based on the Passive House and Active House philosophies was discussed.
“The European Commission has supported the development of energy efficient buildings by setting requirements to the implementation of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings in the Member States”, said Kurt Emil Eriksen. “This has been key in the innovation within energy efficient buildings like Active Houses, and now the next steps should be to focus on indoor climate and sustainability”, he continued.
The participants at the event exchanged their views on what is needed in order to strengthen the implementation of NZEB further and therefore to make sustainable buildings mainstream solutions and standards by the end of the decade. This intention is in line with the Commission’s endeavours, on whose behalf the EU Energy & Climate Action Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete expressed his support during the opening of the EUSEW15 highlighting that NZEB “should become the norm by 2020”.