Green Homes Directive: this is what the national building renovation plan includes


Emma Potter

Analysis of the real estate park

The plan must include a detailed review of the national housing stockconsidering the type of buildings, construction periods and climate zones.

This review is based on statistical sampling and data from national database of energy performance certificates.

Furthermore, it must evaluate the market barriersthe capacity of the construction sector and the share of vulnerable families.


An essential component of the plan is the roadmap with national objectives and measurable progress indicators.

This table must include targets for 2030, 2040 and 2050 regarding annual energy restructuring rateThe primary and final energy consumption and the reductions in gas emissions operational greenhouse gases.

Furthermore, it must foresee deadlines specific for non-residential buildings so that they respect maximum energy performance thresholds.

Support policies and measures

The plan must provide an overview of the policies and of measures implemented and planned to support the execution of the roadmap.

This also includes an overview of investment needs, funding sources and administrative resources needed.

Minimum energy performance standards

It is essential to define minimum energy performance standards for buildings non-residential buildingsbased on maximum thresholds of energy performance.

Furthermore, speaking of limitations, the national restructuring plan must include the thresholds of operational greenhouse gas emissions and for the annual primary energy consumption of a zero emissions buildingnew or renovated.

Estimate of expected energy savings

The plan must also outline a national trajectory for the renovation of the residential real estate park, with specific goals for 2030 and 2035 in terms of average consumption of primary energy.

Furthermore, it must provide a reliable estimate of energy savings expected and associated benefits, including those relating to the quality of internal environments.

Public consultation

To support the development of the plan, each Member State must organize a public consultation on the proposed national plan.

This consultation must involve local, regional authorities and other socio-economic partners, including civil society and bodies dealing with vulnerable families.

The results of the consultation must be annexes to the national plan proposal.

Five-year plan proposals

Every five years, Member States must prepare and send to the Commission a proposal for a national building renovation plan. The plan must be updated periodically to reflect progress made and include information on the implementation of long-term restructuring strategies.

The European Commission evaluates the proposals of national building renovation plans to verify the ambition of the national objectives, the sufficiency of the policies and measures envisaged, the allocation of budgetary and administrative resources and the alignment with the reduction of energy poverty.

Furthermore, the Commission can make country-specific recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the plan.

When will Italy's plan be defined?

The CNI reports in a note That by the end of 2025 our country will have to define and deliver the national restructuring plan.

The Council also underlines that it is a complex document due to the reduced operating times in view of the set deadlines.

The complexity also lies in the combination of detailed analyses, support policies and involvement of institutions and citizens.