Lowering the high power consumption of buildings is at the heart of EU plans for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. EU nations have signed up to a voluntary objective of reducing the EU's primary energy use by 20% by 2020, measured against 2005 levels. One of the EU's main policy tools to achieve this objective is the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. After this directive, all new structures in the EU are required to be nearly zero-energy buildings by 2021, with a 2019 target for the public sector.
- ↑ Download of ViSiBLE communication strategy: http://wiki.cesba.eu/wiki/File:ViSiBLE_Communication_Strategy_and_Plan.pdf