Financing nZEB

TaskForce key Documents & Outputs

Report on Exemplary Financing Models from across the European Union

Report on Exemplary Financing Models from across the European Union

Although many Member States now have in place or are working towards nearly Zero Energy definitions which will be incorporated into building requirements for new build construction, a large proportion of the housing which will be being used in 2050 is already built - and therefore there is also a need to identify funding sources which are as low cost and accessible as possible to drive a low energy refurbishment programme for these as well.

In this report we will consider where we are now in terms of financing energy efficiency in buildings, where we need to get to, and what the next steps are in moving towards the final required target. This process will also include examination of ten different financial models currently being used by various member states, taken from a cross section of housing types and tenures, and with consideration of the benefits and limitations of each.

Download here the report “Exemplary Financing Models from across the European Union".

DG Energy Public Consultation on Financial Support for EE in Buildings

DG Energy Public Consultation on Financial Support for EE in Buildings

Thanks to the feedback from nearly-Zero Energy Challenge partners and the contribution from the other Housing Europe members, in May 2012, Housing Europe had the opportunity to respond to the DG Energy Public Consultation on Financial Support for Energy Efficiency in Buildings and convey his message and recommendations on how to optimize the role of the European Union as a driver of Energy Efficiency Investment in Housing (download here the Housing Europe's response to the consultation).

Based on the responses received and on further discussions with stakeholders and outcomes of relevant studies, on 18 April 2013, the Commission published a Report stressing that the EU needs to improve the financial support in this sector if it wants to meet its 2020 and 2050 targets. The Report was accompanied by a more detailed Staff Working Document and represented the basis for the discussion at the Informal Energy Council that took place in April 2013.


Download here a copy of the "EC Report on Financial support for Energy Efficiency in Buildings".

EIB Public Consultation on Energy Lending Policy

EIB Public Consultation on  Energy Lending Policy

Thanks to the feedback from nearly-Zero Energy Challenge partners and the contribution from the other Housing Europe members, in December 2012, Housing Europe had the opportunity to respond to the European Investment Bank Public Consultation on Energy Lending Policy and convey his message and recommendations on how to optimize the role of the EIB as a leader in Energy Efficiency Investment in the European Union (download here the Housing Europe's response to the consultation).

The consultation was formally concluded on the 23rd July, when the EIB’s Board of Directors approved revised Energy Lending Criteria. The revised criteria will prioritize EIB financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy networks, as well as related research and innovation. These sectors are expected to require the most significant investment in coming years.  The new energy lending criteria includes streamlined guidelines for lending for energy efficiency projects to enhance co-financing of national energy efficiency programmes and enable increased support for near-Zero Energy Buildings.


Download here a copy of the "EIB Revised Energy Lending Criteria".

TaskForce relevant Projects & Resources

To capitalise on the work done in the framework of other EU-funded projects and explore synergies with them, the Members of the Financing TaskForce relied on the ‘Plug-in to POWER HOUSE’ session of the website, were key outputs of concluded and ongoing projects were collected and made available. 

Click here to access relevant resources for Financing nZEB.