Article 9 in Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) recast 2010/31/EU states in Article 9 that Member States shall ensure that:
a) by 31 December 2020, all new buildings are nearly zero-energy buildings; and
b) after 31 December 2018, new buildings occupied and owned by public authorities are nearly zero-energy buildings.
Countries shall define the meaning of:
- “Nearly zero”;
- “Significant extent” of used energy that is covered by renewables;
- “on-site” renewable production;
- “nearby” renewable production. (EN 15603, to be published)
If you want to know more about EPBD check Swegon Air Academy book: “Simply EPBD – A quick guide to energy efficiency in buildings” (link here) written in an intelligible way. Target groups are real estate owners and all persons who want to know more about the authorities´ demands and expectations in the energy field. The three authors are Associated Professor Per-Erik Nilsson and Doctors of Technology, Daniel Olsson and Anders Trüschel. It was already realized when the Energy Directive came into force that the implementation schedule would be difficult to keep. It has also been seen that a great number of countries have been forced to use all available methods and excuses to postpone introduction. Despite this, a number of countries have not been able to meet their obligations within the stipulated extended time limits. In Sweden, this has mainly been due to the limited availability of qualified and accredited inspectors and that the time required to train and accredit them has exceeded that allowed by the time schedule. When it comes to property owners who require energy certificates for their buildings, it is natural to ask what will happen, if they do not complete the stipulated inspections and assessments within the time limits. This and other issues are discussed in the book.