Region Flemish Region

Project description

On 30/05/2018, the European Commission published the amended Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings and Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency, in which Article 8 deals with technical building systems, electromobility and smart readiness indicator. 3E, Stroohm, Volta and SuReal assisted the Department of Environment in gathering the necessary insights regarding the charging infrastructure for EVs in and around buildings, so that a well-founded preliminary draft of the decree revision could be drawn up and further technical specifications could be added.

Budget Confidential

Project period 2019 – 2020

Final client Departement Omgeving

Team Stroohm, 3E, Volta

Future proof ambitions and link with other regulatory frameworks

Practice shows that it is more difficult today to sell electric cars to families that cannot charge at home (e.g. because they live in a terraced house without a garage). However, a majority of households in Flanders does have the possibility to charge at home. In order to facilitate electric driving, it is advisable to install charging facilities on parking lots of non-residential buildings (this way charging can be done more easily during working hours), which also reduces the need for public charging infrastructure.

Flanders’ ambitions in terms of electromobility are high and translate into a 10% share of EVs in the total fleet by 2025 and 25% by 2030. Therefore, the study team proposed to transpose the European directive in such a way that it would be in line with these ambitions.

In order to minimise the impact on the distribution network, particular attention was paid to the possibilities of smart charging through load-balancing. The layout of the electrical connections between the ALSB and the charging stations was also examined in order to come up with proposals that (without exorbitant costs for the building owner) would provide great potential for charging the rapidly increasing number of electric vehicles in the future.

SuReal’s role

Besides the project management and reporting to the end customer, SuReal was responsible for determining the ambitions (future-proof, taking into account the expected innovations in the area of electric charging), the link with existing legal frameworks such as EPB/EPC and the stakeholder consultation.