The Energy Efficiency Act of the Republic of Bulgaria was promulgated in SG No. 24/12.03.2013, and came into force on 12 March 2013.
The new Energy Efficiency Act introduces the recast EPBD (Directive 2010/31/EC).
It introduces obligations to owners of public service buildings with a built-up area of over 500 m2 which they must implement by March 2013. The same requirements have to be applied to all public service buildings with a built-up area of over 250 m2 by 9 July 2015.
The national programme concerning Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEB) is foreseen to be developed within the next five years.
The Law requires the issuance of 10 Ordinances, through which it specifies the activities and responsibilities of the state authorities and of bodies of local self-government and control on obligatory parties. The law comprises:
- pocedures for the issuance and administration of energy performance certificates for new and existing buildings, as well as for buildings under reconstruction;
- procedures for issuance and implementation of energy performance certificates;
- creating and maintaining a national information system on energy efficiency in Bulgaria.