New ROI energy regs are coming

The EU is ditching nZEB in favour of Zero Emission buildings. Here’s what self-builders need to know.

By 2030 all newly built homes in the EU will be built to be Zero Emission (ZE) buildings, not just near Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) as they are now.

This means that newly built homes will continue to have to consume little energy and be powered by renewables insofar as possible, as per the nZEB definition.

But from 2030, they will also have to emit no on-site carbon emissions from fossil fuels and calculate their global warming potential based on their lifecycle emissions.

Furthermore, homes built from 2030 onwards will have to be equipped with measuring and control devices for the monitoring and regulation of indoor air quality.


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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