Applying the EPBD to improve the Energy Performance Requirements to Existing Buildings - ENPER-EXIST


About the EPBD

The European Directive 2002/91/EC on the Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD) requires that all member states of the EU by January 2006 include the following in their legislation on building:

  • a methodology for the calculation of the energy performance of buildings;
  • the application of minimum requirements on the energy performance of new buildings, and of existing buildings that are subject to major renovation;
  • energy certification of buildings
  • regular inspection of boilers, air-conditioning systems and assessment of heating systems with boilers that are more than 15 years old.

It turned out that despite national and international efforts and support projects almost all EU Member States didnít manage to implement the requirements of the EPBD completely within the given time frame. However the EPBD foresees for specific reasons an extended transposition time up to begin of 2009.

For further information on the EPBD:

  EPBD Buildings Platform: The project has been launched by the European Commission in the frame of the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (2003-2006) in order to support the implementation process of the EPBD. The website offers versatile information concerning EPBD: newsletters, databases on EPBD related documents and software products, information papers in several languages on EPBD items and the national status of implementation and a helpdesk.
  Link to
  EPBD Concerted Action: An instrument to improve the implementation of the Directive by promoting dialogue between the Members States. The project was funded by the Intelligent Energy-Europe Programme of DG TREN. The website includes besides general project information also a webzine.
  Link to
  EPBD: the moment of truth
  Message by Katrien Prins from the ECDG TREN-EPBD team on the 4th of January 2006
  Link to
  Directive 2002/91/EC of the European Parliament and of the council of 16 December 2002
  pdf-file of 7 pages, 127 KB


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