More action is required in the EU to entice the architectural and building communities to help lower greenhouse gas emissions through energy-efficient design, a report released by analysts at Frost & Sullivan says.

The analysts firm says despite efforts to increase “green” building, the industry is not doing enough to realise the EU’s target of reducing emissions by 20-percent by 2020.

Current legislation, policy papers, voluntary agreements and promotional activities calling for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and increased energy efficiency are all in vain if more is not done to enforce behavioural change, the report says.

“While there are some uncertainties at present, there is a promising opportunity for industry participants – from consultants to building control manufacturers and technology companies – to contribute to a more energy efficient, greener building stock in Europe,” Frost & Sullivan says.

Frost & Sullivan’s report, European Green Buildings Market – The Implementation of the Building Directive, says more definite action needs to be written into building law to enforce greener practices in the industry.

“Unfortunately, the Energy Performance Certificate, which is required by the Building Directive when a building is built, sold or rented, only provides information on a building’s energy efficiency, but does not require any action to be taken,” Frost & Sullivan says.

“The real challenge is to achieve a positive market response, which means that actions will follow the outcome of an energy audit.”

By Penny Jones