Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2007
Date Amended:


Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards, Regulatory Instruments
Policy Target:Buildings>Building Type>Residential, Buildings>New buildings, Buildings>Building Code>Energy performance, Residential Appliances>Space cooling, Residential Appliances>Space heating, Lighting, Buildings>Building Type>Non-residential, Buildings>Building Type>Industrial
Agency:Industry Ministry - Institute of Energy Savings and Diversification (IDAE)
Legal References:Royal Decree 314/2006

The Technical Building Code, hereinafter referred to as TBC, promulgated by Royal Decree 314/2006, 17 March 2006, is the regulatory framework governing the basic quality requirements that must be met by buildings, including their installations, in order to comply with the basic safety and habitability regulations defined by Law 38/1999, 5 November 1999, on the Organization of building construction, (known by the Spanish acronym LOE). The TBC applies to new construction, except for technically simple structures of negligible constructional consequence not designated for residential or public use.The TBC also applies to the extension, modification, alteration or renovation works that are carried out on existing buildings. The Technical Code includes a set of Basic Documents, BD, for complying with the its basic requirements. These documents are to be updated in accordance with technical advancements and social requirements, and shall be approved regularly. Among the various BD is the Basic Energy Saving Document, which aims to obtain a rational use of energy required for buildings, reducing their consumption to sustainable limits, and ensuring that part of this consumption comes from renewable sources of energy, thanks to their design, construction, use and maintenance characteristics. The IDAE took part in its drafting and editing, acting as an advisor to the Ministry of Housing. This Basic Document comprises the following sections: HE.1: Limiting energy demand (heating and air conditioning). HE.2: Efficiency of heating/air-conditioning systems. HE.3: Energy efficiency of lighting systems. HE.4: Minimum solar contribution to the hot water supply. HE.5: Minimum photovoltaic contribution to the electrical power supply. The TBE contributes to the transposition of the Directive 2002/91/EC on the energy performance of buildings, in terms of the minimum energy requirements that must be met. This new Regulation also contributes to the fulfillment of the targets established by the policies in the field of sustainability, in particular the Energy Saving and Efficiency Plan.

25 Energy Efficiency Recommendations Applied:Buildings, Buildings, Mandatory building codes and MEPS
This record supersedes:Mandatory Solar Panels on New Houses

year effective: 2007 (last amended 2013)

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