Minimum energy performance requirements

Post date: 10 Jun 2009
Type: Publication

This publication offers comprehensive building energy benchmarks; including what they are, how they were developed and how to use them. It also provides details of separable energy uses and includes weather and occupancy adjustments.
Post date: 22 May 2009
Type: Publication

 The EPBD states in Article 4 that a Member State has to take the necessary measures to ensure that minimum energy performance requirements for buildings are set. It does not state that the requirements have to be set nationally. Even the methodology that is the basis for the requirements (see Article 3) may be set at national or at regional level. Authors: Hans ERHORN and Heike ERHORN-KLUTTIG (FHG)Date:   24/03/06
Post date: 1 May 2009
Type: Ask the Experts

No. If the existing requirements already meet the definitions of Articles 4-6, a Member State does not necessarily have to make them more demanding. Article 4 states that the requirements shall be reviewed at regular intervals (not longer than 5 years) and if necessary be updated in order to reflect technical progress in the building sector. Authors: Hans ERHORN and Heike ERHORN-KLUTTIG (FHG)Date:   24/03/06
Post date: 1 May 2009
Type: Ask the Experts

Buildings with a useful floor area over 1000 m2 which undergo a major renovation have to meet minimum energy performance requirements (in so far as this is technically, functionally and economically feasible).  The minimum energy performance requirements may be set in two different ways:
Post date: 1 May 2009
Type: Ask the Experts

Article 4 requires that minimum requirements are based on the methodology referred to in Article 3 (calculation of the energy performance of buildings). For more information on the general framework for the calculation of energy performance of buildings see the Annex of the EPBD. The energy performance of a building shall be expressed in a transparent manner and may include a CO2 emission indicator.
Post date: 1 May 2009
Type: Ask the Experts

No. The EPBD requires Member States to take the necessary measures to ensure that energy performance requirements for buildings are set (see Article 4). The requirements may differentiate between new and existing buildings and different categories of buildings. The EPBD also includes a list of buildings for which requirements are not obligatory. Article 5 of the EPBD states that Member States have to take necessary measures to ensure that, for new buildings with a useful floor area of more than 1000 m2, certain alternative systems (e.g.
Post date: 1 May 2009
Type: Ask the Experts

Demonstration of the technical feasibility and the user-friendliness of building concepts that go (far) beyond the national EP requirements and that may include innovative technologies and strategies is very important to set the path for enforced EP requirements. In the past, but also currently, a lot of EU Member States are supporting those demonstration project. The building concepts demonstrated cover both, new buildings and building renovation projects.
Post date: 1 May 2009
Type: Ask the Experts

Many countries have started studies on comparing their own EP requirements with those of neighbour countries. They are currently in different stages of realisation and not all of them are going to be published. A new IEE SAVE project “ASIEPI – Assessment and Improvement of the EPBD Impact (for new buildings and building renovation) will also deal with this item. The project is running from October 2007 to March 2010. The results of the work will be published as Information Papers on the EPBD Building Platform.
Post date: 1 May 2009
Type: Ask the Experts