A EUROPEAN PROJECT ON CONSUMER RESPONSE TO ENERGY LABELS IN BUILDINGS
The European Union has committed itself to increase energy efficiency with 20% up to the year 2020. A main instrument for reaching this target in the residential sector is the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). This European directive proposes, among others, the introduction of energy performance labels for dwellings in all European Member States. In countries where the directive has been implemented for a while, the energy label hardly seems to motivate people to improve the energy performance of their dwelling. At the same time, however, improving the dwelling based on the label and the advice given can save the new owner large amounts of money in the long term.
IDEAL-EPBD will investigate why the response of households towards the energy label is limited so far:
•What are the reasons behind whether or not homeowners take the energy label into account?
•What are the reasons behind whether or not homeowners take the additional proposed measures?