Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2008
Date Amended:

2010 and 2012

Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards, Regulatory Instruments
Policy Target:Buildings>Building Code

The Building Regulations, given in the National Building Code of Finland under the Land Use and Building Act, were amended by the Ministry of the Environment in 2007 in order to comply with the EU energy performance of buildings directive. The amended Building Regulations were given in June 2007 and came into force from 1 January 2008. The energy requirements are the same for all buildings and include: - Maximum U-values - Requirement on average insulation level - Requirement on heat losses of the building (building envelope, ventilation and air-tightness) - Requirement on calculation of the energy demand of the building per metre squared of floor area The applicant for the building permit has to ensure that the construction will fulfil the requirements. The building permit will be approved by the local building supervision authority. Requirements for existing buildings: In renovations the National Building Code is applied in accordance with the Land Use and Building Act, Section 13: "The regulations in the Building Code concern the construction of new buildings. Unless otherwise specifically prescribed by the regulations, they are applicable to renovation and alteration work only in so far as the type and extent of the measure and a possible change in use of the building or part thereof require". The building regulations were updated in 2010; the revision strengthened efficiency requirements, and new buildings built following the revisions are about 30% more energy efficient than earlier.


The latest amandment came into force in July 2012. The new regulation provides tightened minimum standards for new buildings. It is based on the overall energy consumption and will take account of the energy sources. 

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