Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:1976
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards
Policy Target:Buildings>Building Code
Agency:Ministry of Environment

Finland has set minimum requirements in the National Building Code for thermal insulation and ventilation of new buildings since 1976. The requirements have been changed several times in order to improve energy efficiency in buildings. Since 1985 the Building Code has included Guideline D5 "Calculation of power and energy needs for heating of buildings", which can be used for calculations for all building types. It applies to all new building projects (both residential and non-residential), contains prescriptive thermal insulation requirements for walls, roofs and windows, thermal conductivity values for building materials, and requirements related to indoor air quality, ventilation rates, equipment and design. Implementation of the code is supervised by the local building authorities. Another set of changes was made in 2002, which were strict requirements for building permits requested after 1 October 2003. The aim of the amendments was a 30% reduction in energy consumption in new buildings compared to buildings constructed prior to the revisions. The code was subsequently amended again in 2007 to transpose the EU energy performance of buildings directive (see separate entry).

This record is superseded by:Amendment of the Building Code

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