The building sector still accounts for 40% of primary energy consumption in the EU. And at around 1%, the number of older buildings brought up to date with retrofits is far too low, while three quarters of buildings in the EU are not energy efficient according to a European Commission press release. The European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commission thus agreed at the end of 2017 to revise the EU directive on the energy performance of buildings. Additional requirements for greater energy efficiency in buildings will now come into force from 2020. With these measures, the EU aims to significantly increase the number of low-emission and zero-emission buildings by 2050.
For example, under certain conditions buildings will have to be equipped with electric vehicle charging points as standard. And the use of building automation systems is to be expanded from 2025 onwards, in order to continuously optimize building operations based on actual usage and thus reduce energy consumption. Energy, building and facility managers who want to learn more about modern technologies for energy-efficient buildings will find a wealth of opportunities at the exhibition EM-Power in Munich from June 20–22, 2018.
There are numerous measures available to make a building more efficient or even carbon neutral, such as integrating photovoltaics and other renewable energies, using intelligent control systems, or storing excess self-generated power – in innovative building concepts, electric cars can also be used to store this energy. Building managers and planners can learn about these topics too during their visit to Munich, as three other exhibitions will be taking place alongside EM-Power:
What do hotels, hospitals, industrial enterprises, schools and commercial residential buildings have in common? They have a high energy demand, with the high costs that this entails. Practical examples of solutions for increasing energy efficiency in buildings and businesses or generating one’s own energy will be explored at the as part of the EM-Power exhibition. Here, exhibitors will present examples of best practice from a range of industries in half-day sessions. The German Federal Agency for Energy Efficiency (BfEE) is also organizing its own presentation series covering topics such as energy audits and the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. There are sessions including specially selected practical examples for:
How can a hospital’s high energy costs be reduced? Is energy contracting worthwhile when renovating a school’s heating system? What current developments are relevant for professional energy customers? Energy, building and facility managers looking for answers to these questions will find them not just at the exhibition EM-Power itself but also, from March, in a biweekly newsletter with examples of best practice for a range of industries including hotels, production facilities and commercial residential buildings. The newsletter will also use interviews and a selection of news items to report on current issues that will be of interest for building and facility managers, planners and consultants working in industry, real estate and local government.