Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2012
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards>Building codes and standards
Energy Efficiency Policy Targets:Buildings, Building Code, Buildings, Energy Class, Buildings, New buildings
Agency:Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade
Legal References:Law of 5 August 1993 concerning the rational use of energy
Energy Efficiency Description:

Regulation of 5 May 2012 modifying:

  1. the modified regulation of 30 November 2007 concerning the energy performance of residential buildings, and
  2. the regulation of 31 August 2010 concerning the energy performance of non-residential buildings

The requirements for residential buildings were implemented by the regulation of 30 November 2007 concerning the energy performance of residential buildings and came into force in 2008. The regulation implements a methodology to calculate the energy performance of residential buildings, minimum requirements for new buildings and extensions and renovated elements of existing buildings and, the most visible aspect of the regulation, the energy performance certificate (EPC).

Since the 1st of September 2008, each time a building permit (new buildings, extension and renovation of existing building) is required, the documents providing the calculation of the requested energy performance standards and the energy performance certificate must be attached to the application. The obligation to provide those documents arises from the legal requirement to submit a request for a building permit. The building license is required for new buildings and, depending on municipal rules, for modifications and extensions to buildings. 

All existing residential buildings need to be certified when they are sold or rented. The owner must present a valid EPC to the buyer, when the selling or renting contract is established. 

The energy efficiency of the building is calculated by a qualified expert who also issues the EPC. The buildings can be labelled A through G. A very important aspect of the certificate is that, besides the labelling of the building, the document lists for existing buildings, cost-effective measures for improving the energy performance.


The 2012 regulation reinforces the energy performance requirements (primary energy and heating energy) in stages up to 2017 for new residential buildings and extensions of existing residential buildings exceeding 80 m2. The reinforcement steps will gradually lead to the “passive house standard” requirements for new residential buildings (and its extensions depending on the case) from 2018 on. The primary energy class and the final energy class will be raised from the class BC now in force up to class AB in 2015, to class AA in 2017.

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