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Glass for Europe: energy saving glazing solutions for a low carbon economy

2014-02-20 | Representative organizations

This article presents the most important and used glazing solutions to reduce the use of energy in buildings, as per studies carried out and commissioned by Glass for Europe. This important European organization also gives us a series of frequently asked questions regarding this par excellence recyclable product - glass.

Glass for Europe: energy saving glazing solutions for a low carbon economy
The glass industry has developed hi-tech products to reduce energy consumption for heating and air conditioning in buildings. Two of the most famous glazing solutions are low-emissivity, highly-insulating glass and solar control glass. Studies commissioned by Glass for Europe have shown the huge CO2 emission reduction potential of both types of glass.

Energy Performance of Building Directive
The Energy Performance of Building Directive is the most important legislative instrument of recent years for improving the energy efficiency of Europe’s buildings. The recast EPBD (Directive 2010/31/EU) was adopted in May 2010, transposed in national law in July 2012 and entered into force in 2013.
This recast directive is intended to strengthen the EU’s effort to achieve its 2020 targets, namely a reduction of CO2 by 20 per cent. The new EPBD requires that by 2020 all new buildings in the EU be nearly zero-energy buildings. Most importantly, it also sets out minimum energy performance requirements for building renovations and for components when they need to be changed. This is very important considering that renovating  existing buildings is Europe’s primary challenge if it is to achieve ambitious levels of energy savings.
The EPBD leaves a lot of flexibility to Member States in laying down the Directive requirements. For instance, Member States have to establish a methodology to calculate energy performance requirements. They are also required to consider appropriate financing and o...




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