Why is Integrated Design being promoted by the EU?

Integrated Design is a tool to facilitate the implementation of the EU Directive2010/31/EU (EPBD recast). Article 9 requires that “Member States shall ensure that by 31 December 2020 all new buildings are nearly zero-energy buildings; and after 31 December 2018, new buildings occupied and owned by public authorities are nearly zero-energy buildings”. Member States shall furthermore “draw up national plans for increasing the number of nearly zero-energy buildings” and “following the leading example of the public sector, develop policies and take measures such as the setting of targets in order to stimulate the transformation of buildings that are refurbished into nearly zero-energy buildings”

In order to achieve these goals, ID is a useful method to improve planning processes and to design energy-efficient buildings.

Implementing the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).