Implementing the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) - Featuring Country Reports 2012

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CA EPBD Book 2012

CA EPBD Book 2012

This book contains national reports with a snapshot of the status of implementation at the end of 2012 for all EU MS, Croatia (soon to become also an EU MS) and Norway.

It also contains a collection of topical summaries describing the main
accomplishments and the remaining problems for each of the major issues covered by the EPBD across Europe, according to the views expressed by the CA EPBD participants which covers

  • certification;
  • inspections of boilers;
  • heating and AC systems;
  • training of experts and inspectors;
  • cost-optimal studies and regulations;
  • NZEBs;
  • compliance with regulations, as well as
  • quality control on EPCs and inspection reports; and
  • financial instruments, namely for rehabilitation.


The national reports all follow a common structure, in so far as possible, describing, namely:

  • the history of the legal status of the transposition of the EPBD (Directive 2002/91/EC) and the EPBD recast (Directive 2010/31/EC);
  • the evolution of minimum energy efficiency requirements over time, starting before the EPBD, showing the impacts of both the EPBD and its recast, and expectations, if available, till the 2020 NZEB target, for new and existing, residential and non-residential buildings;
  • the detailed energy performance requirements for all building categories at the end of 2012;
  • the functioning of the certification market, including the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) formats and their main contents, building classes, how EPCs are issued, their use in advertisements, sales and rental contracts, required qualifications and training for Qualified Experts (QE), information about the numbers of QEs and issued EPCs, as well as provisions for quality control;
  • the status of certification of public buildings;
  • the status of inspections of boilers, heating and air-conditioning (AC) systems, required qualifications and training for inspectors, information about the numbers of inspectors and inspections, as well as provisions for quality control and compliance, or what has been done in terms of alternative measures that, according to the EPBD, may replace mandatory inspections; and
  • an overview of the next steps for transformation of the building stock to improved energy performance levels.


The content of this publication can be downloaded here from the Concerted Action Energy Performance of Buildings website (CA EPBD).