Dutch and Italian architects see a large incline of regulations for minimum energy performance of existing buildings

In 2015 the majority of the European architects experienced regulations for the minimisation of the energy performances of the existing buildings. It could be stated that the regulations already play a major role. In the Netherlands the share of architects who experienced the regulations has grown with 15 percentage points within one year. These are some of the conclusions of the European Architectural Barometer report, a quarterly market research among 1,600 architects in eight European countries.

The opinion of architects regarding the regulations have undergone significant changes. In Q2 2015 more architects already experience the regulations concerning this subject compared with Q2 2014. In 2014 Q2 it was concluded that only a majority of the architects in Poland and Spain were dealing with regulations for the minimum energy performance of the existing buildings. This year regulations regarding the energy performances are experienced also more in the other countries, with the result that differences between the countries become smaller. This clearly shows that the opinion of the European architects has changed in a year time. In the construction sector, regulations for minimisation of the energy performances is an increasingly important issue. In the Netherlands five million homeowners received a provisional energy label from the national government at the beginning of 2015. This label is intended to let home owners think more carefully about the opportunities for a more comfortable and energy efficient home.

In the same research it is shown that European architects expect that LED lighting and water and energy saving fittings, like taps, mixers, showers, etc, will increase in popularity. There are some minor differences between the countries, as the product water and energy saving fittings is less popular in Italy, compared with the other seven countries. This clearly shows that small adjustments are already being made in the construction sector regarding minimisation of the energy performances.

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These and many other results and trends of the developments of the European construction market can be found in the European Architectural Barometer, an international market research conducted among 1,600 architects in Europe. This study is conducted in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland by Arch-Vision four times a year. Besides indicators to forecast the European building volumes, a specific topic is highlighted each quarter. The topic in Q2 2015 was “Architectural Design and Technology trends”. Architects can be used not only as a reliable source for future building volumes information, but their role is very important as they have great influence on how projects are built and which materials are used.