Brussels Capital-Region has made efforts to catch up in the field of energy savings. Between 2004 and 2010, Brussels energy consumption per capita has decreased by 18%. Currently, the city has also half a million m2 of passive buildings.
These good results can be attributed to the policies implemented by the region and the large number of measures aiming to improve the energy efficiency of Brussels’ buildings.
A passive building uses 10 times less energy for heating than a standard structure. From 2015 all new construction or major renovations of houses, offices and schools will have to adopt the passive standard. Brussels Region will be the first in the world to adopt this standard. This region is 6 years ahead of the deadline set by a European directive that will impose this standard in 2021.
The requirements for housing (new construction / reconstruction) under the passive standard include:
The impact of the passive standard will be enormous. In average, 210.000 m2 of offices and 200.000 m2 of residential buildings are built in the capital each year. Therefore, according to Evelyne Huytebroeck (Brussels Environmental Minister, from the Belgian French-speaking Green party Ecolo), the potential savings in CO2 emissions will rise up to 15,000 tons per year and will represent a € 5 million energy saving per year.