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Overview and future challenges of nearly zero-energy building (nZEB) design in Eastern Europe
Attia, Shady; Kurnitski, Jarek; Kosinski, Piotr et al.
2022In Energy and Buildings, 267, p. 112165
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Keywords :
New construction; Buildings; Energy efficiency; EPBD; Construction quality; Cost-optimality
Abstract :
[en] The European Unions' ambition for the construction sector is to be carbon neutral by 2030 for new construction. Since 2021, all new buildings in the EU should have been constructed as nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB). However, Eastern European countries struggle to implement the 2018 Energy Performance of Building Directive recast requirements. Next to the economic challenges, equally essential factors hinder renovating the existing residential building stock and adding newly constructed high-performance buildings sourced primarily from renewable energy sources. Therefore, this study provides a cross-study to identify the barriers of to nZEB implementation in ten Eastern European countries, including Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. The study is was conducted between 2019 and 2021 and provides an overview of prospects for nZEB in Eastern Europe. The study examines the challenges of nZEB plans faced in those countries and provides constructive recommendations. The regulations and definitions regarding nZEB energy performance, cooling and heating energy demand, thermal comfort, onsite renewables, and construction quality were analyzed. Results show that most Eastern European countries are unprepared to comply with the EPBD guidelines and cost-optimality approach. The paper ranks each country and recommends specific measures to refine the nZEB definitions. The paper provides a thorough comparative assessment and benchmarking of select EU geography that can help shift the identified gaps into opportunities for the future development of climateneutral high-performance buildings.
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Attia, Shady  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Urban and Environmental Engineering
Kurnitski, Jarek
Kosinski, Piotr ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département ArGEnCo > Techniques de construction des bâtiments
Borodiņecs, Anatolijs
Deme Belafi, Zsofia
István, Kistelegdi
Krstić, Hrvoje
Moldovan, Macedon
Visa, Ion
Mihailov, Nicolay
Evstatiev, Boris
Banionis, Karolis
Čekon, Miroslav
Vilčeková, Silvia
Struhala, Karel
Brzoň, Roman
Laurent, Oriane
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Title :
Overview and future challenges of nearly zero-energy building (nZEB) design in Eastern Europe
Publication date :
15 July 2022
Journal title :
Energy and Buildings
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Elsevier BV
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Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Development Goals :
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Funders :
WBI - Wallonia-Brussels International [BE]
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