New Energy Performance Legislation for Buildings published

[tweetmeme http://www.URL.com%5D Directive 2010/31/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 May 2010 on the energy performance of buildings has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union and has entered into force.

This Directive lays down requirements as regards:

(a) the common general framework for a methodology for calculating the integrated energy performance of buildings and building units;

(b) the application of minimum requirements to the energy performance of new buildings and new building units;

(c) the application of minimum requirements to the energy performance of:

(i) existing buildings, building units and building elements that are subject to major renovation;

(ii) building elements that form part of the building envelope and that have a significant impact on the energy performance of the building envelope when they are retrofitted or replaced; and

(iii) technical building systems whenever they are installed, replaced or upgraded;EN 18.6.2010 Official Journal of the European Union L 153/17

(d) national plans for increasing the number of nearly zero- energy buildings;

(e) energy certification of buildings or building units;

(f) regular inspection of heating and air-conditioning systems in buildings; and

(g) independent control systems for energy performance certificates and inspection reports.

The Directive enters into force 20 days from its publication in the Offical Journal, i.e., 8th July 2010.

You can access the original text of the directive by clicking here

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