The phenomenon of climate change has been on everyone’s lips across the globe for at least the past two decades. With the realisation that the ways that we produce and use energy can be dangerous, many countries are making strides to reduce and turn around the harm and destruction. The introduction of energy rating systems encourages the construction of energy-efficient commercial and residential buildings. This ensures that property buyers are allowed to invest in adequately efficient structures.
While companies like Craft Homes are doing the work - under the guidelines of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) in New Zealand – we still have quite a long way to go. The European Union (EU) has introduced several policies to advance energy efficiency on the continent. In this blog, we discuss some of the main lessons we can learn from them.
1. EPCs Across EU States
The EU has also prescribed that member states have systems for issuing Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for new builds and renovated buildings. An EPC indicates a building’s annual energy consumption and impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. Each country administers a system, so the policies vary. For example, in France, an EPC is a prerequisite for listing a home and having one can impact the value of the property. It’s strict policies like this are to ensure that consumers get the best possible options for green living.
2. The Anticipated Institution Of Smart Meters Within The Next Year
In addition to the checks and balances we’ve already mentioned, the EU also intends to introduce a roll-out of smart metres by next year. This makes the relevant data and information on the energy ratings of properties accessible to existing owners and potential buyers alike.
3. Regular Audits On Big Commercial Properties
Commercial activity is healthy for economic growth. However, the EU’s policy on the energy efficiency of big business means that they must analyse their energy use at four-year intervals. This promotes accountability because there’s a track record of efforts and failures. Large businesses can then build on what they’re already doing to comply with legal requirements.
4. A Set Standard For Best Practices For Energy Efficiency
While each country enforces and monitors its laws, they are crafted in line with a universal guideline for the EU. This helps to ensure that the entire continent sticks to the rules and works together to live green
As you can see, Europe is making significant strides with regards to energy-efficient buildings, and we predict it won’t be long before the rest of the world follows suit. There’s a lot we can bring into New Zealand from the examples we’ve spoken about, and at Craft Homes, we help property owners to achieve this kind of energy efficiency today – in preparation for tomorrow. Contact us today to find out more.
Toby and Cat Tilsley