📢 EVENT NOW CLOSED – 23 March (11:30-13:00 CET) – Digital Roundtable on “Energy-efficient & fire safe renovations under the EU Green Deal: opportunities for cities, countries, and Europe as a whole”.
This FSEU event, hosted by Ms Miapetra Kumpula-Natri MEP, will take the form of a virtual roundtable which will illustrate the importance of taking a holistic approach to building energy-efficiency and accounting for fire safety, thus ensuring that building fire performance is not weakened when improving energy efficiency. Roundtable presenters will explore, from the European to the local level, how energy-efficiency will be improved through EU Green Deal renovations and how fire safety will be incorporated.
- 11:30 – 11:40 – Opening speech by Ms Miapetra Kumpula-Natri MEP;
- 11:40 – 11:55 – “Energy Efficiency in the EU: opportunities to improve fire safety” by Mr Goldstein (Member of Cabinet with the Commissioner for Energy Ms Kadri Simson);
- 11:55 – 12:10 – “Comprehensive renovation of buildings in Croatia” by Ms Irena Križ Šelendić (Head of the Sector for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Croatian Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning);
- 12:10 – 12:25 – “BUILD UPON2: empowering cities to unlock the co-benefits of the Renovation Wave” by Dr Stephen Richardson (Director of World Green Building Council Europe);
- 12:25 – 12:40 – “The importance and benefits of energy-efficient and fire-safe renovations” by Ms Amaya Osacar (Chair of the Building Sustainability Advisory Panel of the European Fire Safety Community);
- 12:40 – 12:55 – Q&A session;
- 12:55 – 13:00 – Closing by FSEU moderator.
Why is this discussion important?
To increase the EU Building Stock’s energy-efficiency, to fight energy-poverty and future-proof European buildings, the European Commission has launched a number of initiatives, in particular the revisions of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). To capitalise on future investments and fully take advantages of these initiatives, we need to adopt a holistic approach to energy-efficiency and encourage deep renovations that enhance both energy-efficiency and fire-safety. This is vital to ensure people’s well-being and safety.
Why does fire safety matter for energy-efficiency?
Increasing energy-efficiency sometimes means introducing new technologies, materials or systems in a building. These present sensible benefits for building greener and to achieve a more sustainable future. Nonetheless, to take full advantage of these solutions, we must harness them in a fire-safe way. It is important that efforts to maximise energy-efficiency do no impact a building’s fire-performance negatively. In 2018, the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive ensured promising improvements in EU regulation by including two articles encouraging the EU Member States to consider fire safety in buildings undergoing major renovations as well as in their long-term renovation strategies. Amid the EU Green Deal, we need to go even further.