Putting a spotlight on the soar of low-energy buildings in Europe

ZEBRA2020 was launched end of April 2014 in Vienna and monitored the market uptake of low-energy buildings across Europe, thereby generating data and evidence for policy evaluation and optimisation.

The key objective of this project was to create an observatory for nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEBs) based on market studies and various data tools. The project partners systematically leveraged available data and knowledge from the European construction sector as well as from academia (e.g. nZEB best-practice studies and scenarios until 2030). The information gathered was structured and analysed to derive recommendations and strategies. ZEBRA2020 aimed to assist policy makers at the EU and Member State levels, energy agencies and the various stakeholders in the European building industry to develop impactful strategies and frameworks to accelerate the nZEB market-uptake by 2020.

National and international policy and industry workshops played a central role during the project to generate alignment around potential nZEB strategies that will need to be endorsed by all market actors to drive change. Data and strategies are accessible via online tracking tools.

The Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) project covered seventeen European countries (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) and about 89% of the European building stock and population. Thus, ZEBRA2020 has actively contributed to meeting the ambitious target of having a 100%-share of nZEBs for new buildings from 2020 and a substantial increase of deep renovations.

The following project results are available:

  • Scenarios for market transition to nZEB and a nZEB strategy up to 2020 and beyond
  • Data allowing tracking the transition to nZEBs for selected Member States
  • Cross-country comparison of barriers, drivers and best practices focusing on economic aspects
  • Recommendations to accelerate the nZEB market transition
  • An nZEB market-tracker including detailed nZEB databases

ZEBRA2020 final report, Strategies for a nearly Zero-Energy Building market transition in the European Union.

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