Brussels – The EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) revision offers opportunities for the rigid PU business as it enters a decisive phase following the end of consultation, according to Oliver Loebel, general secretary of PU Europe.
Loebel said: “This is the time to be active, the strategic decisions are being taken over the next few months,” as the European Commission mulls over the results of the EPBD consultation.
Speaking in a telephone interview on 16 November, Loebel said that the third revision of the directive, is likely to go to the European Parliament for approval in late 2016.
The new draft directive has a number of areas which could benefit the rigid polyurethane insulation sectors, said Loebel. The key move is towards nearly zero emission buildings in Europe, he said.
In fact this will mean that new private construction from 2021 and public construction projects by 2029 will have to reach this standard, Loebel said.
He added “it introduces a requirement to construct buildings that are the most economically effective over their life time.” This offers opportunities for polyurethane, he said. “As insulation requirements get tougher, they favour polyurethane,” he said.