On 25 February 2016, in its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission sent a reasoned opinion to SPAIN, requesting full compliance with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
A detailed examination of Spain's national legislation transposing the Directive revealed some shortcomings regarding the definition of the Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (nZEB) standards and their application in time. The Commission further found that the exemptions from the requirements of the Directive introduced by the national legislation went beyond what was foreseen by the Directive. Spain has two months to notify the European Commission of the measures taken to remedy this situation, following that the Commission may decide to refer the case to the Court of Justice of the EU.
Under the EPBD, Member States must establish and apply minimum energy performance requirements for new and existing buildings, ensure the certification of buildings' energy performance, and require the regular inspection of heating and air conditioning systems. In addition, the Directive requires Member States to ensure that all new buildings are ‘nearly zero-energy’ from 2021 onwards (2019 for public buildings).
For further information, please see the relevant European Commission factsheet: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-16-319_en.htm