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What are the main requirements of the EPBD in simple terms?

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This Directive lays down requirements as regards (see article 1 of EPBD):

 (a)   the general framework for calculation methodology the integrated energy performance of buildings, i.e. there must be in each Member State one or more calculation methods for determining the integrated energy performance of buildings;

 (b)   the application of minimum requirements for the energy performance of new buildings;

 (c)   the application of minimum requirements for the energy performance of large existing buildings that are subject to major renovation;

 (d)   the energy certification of buildings; and

 (e)   the regular inspection of boilers and of air-conditioning systems in buildings and in addition an assessment of the heating installations in which the boilers are more than 15 years old.

Author:  Roger HITCHIN (BRE)
Date:   07/04/06