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The state of the implementation of the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) in Austria

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In Austria, the implementation process of the EPBD will be (hopefully) performed by 2007. One big difficulty in Austria is the fact that most building laws are under the responsibility of the nine Austrian provinces, only the issuing of the certificate itself (not the baselines and limits) is national state law. This means that Austria had so far nine different building codes, nine different regulations concerning new or refurbished buildings and nine different conditions in the subsidy schemes for new and existing buildings. Since several years, a process is on its way to harmonize the building laws of the provinces. This also affects the implementation of the EPBD.

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