Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive?s (EPBD) official title is: Directive 2002/91/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2002 on the energy performance of buildings.
The principal objectives of this Directive are to promote the improvement of the energy performance of buildings within the EU through cost effective measures and to promote the convergence of building standards towards those of Member States which already have ambitious levels.
The Directive sought to achieve these objectives through:
- establishing a framework for a common methodology for calculating the energy performance of all buildings
- setting minimum energy performance standards for both new buildings and buildings subject to a major refurbishment
- introducing energy performance certificates with accompanying recommendations for energy efficiency improvements for most buildings; and
- introducing independent assessors who are authorised to produce EPCs.
Member states were due to have implemented these provisions by January 2009 at the latest.
A recast of the directive was published in April 2010 widening the number of buildings covered by the directive and introducing more comprehensive reporting requirements.