Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
What is it?
Adopted on 19 May 2010, recast Directive 2010/31/EU is today’s regulatory framework addressing energy consumption of new and existing buildings in Europe. On the basis of a comparative methodology framework (Commission Delegated Regulation 244/2012/EU), member states implement the EPBD, setting minimum requirements for both, the envelope and the technical systems of new buildings, as well as existing buildings when these undergo major renovation. In addition, member states should establish a certification scheme, including information on energy performance and recommendations for cost improvements, and require regular inspection of boilers and air conditioning systems. Finally, the Directive foresees that all new buildings must be nearly zero-energy consumption buildings by 31 December 2020.