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The buildings sector accounts for 40% of the EU’s energy requirements. It offers the largest single potential for energy efficiency. Research shows that more than one-fifth of the present energy consumption and up to 30-45 MT of CO2/Y could be saved by 2010 by applying more ambitious standards to new and when refurbishing buildings – which represents a considerable contribution to meeting the Kyoto targets.

The aim of improved energy efficiency has been set out in earlier existing legal instruments. Among the main Community legislation for the sector are the Boiler Directive (92/42/EEC), the Construction Products Directive (89/106/EEC) and the buildings provisions in the SAVE Directive (93/76/EEC). The Directive on the energy performance of buildings in force since January 2003 builds on those measures with the aim to provide for an ambitious step-ahead to increase the energy performance of public, commercial and private buildings in all Member States.

Information Leaflet:
Better Buildings – New European legislation to save energy
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Energy use in buildings: Use it better, use it less


  • Directive 2002/91/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2002 on the energy performance of buildings 
    OJ L 1, 4.1.2003, p. 65–71

    Dates: of document: 16/12/2002; of effect: 04/01/2003; Entry into force Date pub. See Art 16; of transposition: 04/01/2006, at the latest (See Art 15)

  • Council Directive 93/76/EEC of 13 September 1993 to limit carbon dioxide emissions by improving energy efficiency (SAVE)
    OJ L 237, 22.9.1993, p. 28–30

    of document: 13/09/1993; of notification: 23/09/1993; of effect: 23/09/1993; Entry into force Date notif.; of transposition: 31/12/1994, at the latest (See Art 10)

  • Council Directive 92/42/EEC of 21 May 1992 on efficiency requirements for new hot-water boilers fired with liquid or gaseous fuels 
    OJ L 167, 22.6.1992, p. 17–28

    Dates: of document: 21/05/1992; of notification: 03/06/1992; of effect: 03/06/1992; Entry into force Date notif.; of transposition: 31/12/1992, at the latest (See Art 9)

  • Council Directive 89/106/EEC of 21 December 1988 on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to construction products
    OJ L 40, 11.2.1989, p. 12–26

    of document: 21/12/1988; of notification: 27/12/1988; of effect: 27/12/1988; Entry into force Date notif.; of transposition: 27/06/1991 (See Art 22)

  • Council Directive 93/68/EEC of 22 July 1993 amending Directives 87/404/EEC (simple pressure vessels), 88/378/EEC (safety of toys), 89/106/EEC (construction products), 89/336/EEC (electromagnetic compatibility), 89/392/EEC (machinery), 89/686/EEC (personal protective equipment), 90/384/EEC (non-automatic weighing instruments), 90/385/EEC (active implantable medicinal devices), 90/396/EEC (appliances burning gaseous fuels), 91/263/EEC (telecommunications terminal equipment), 92/42/EEC (new hot-water boilers fired with liquid or gaseous fuels) and 73/23/EEC (electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits) 
    OJ L 220, 30.8.1993, p. 1–22

    of document: 22/07/1993; of notification: 02/08/1993; of effect: 02/08/1993; Entry into force Date notif.; of transposition: 01/07/1994 (See Art 14)

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The EPBD Buildings Platform is an information service for helping the implementation of the Buildings' Directive. This service is useful for practitioners and consultants, experts in energy agencies, interest groups and national policy makers in the 25 Member States plus Bulgaria and Romania.
Intelligent Energy - Europe Programme supported project (Initiated ???)


The aim of EUROPROSPER is to consolidate and where appropriate harmonise methodologies for energy audits and certification of existing office buildings across the seven EUROPROSPER member countries, whilst allowing customisation in each country to accommodate existing techniques and national contexts.
 SAVE Programme supported project completed in 2004 .



ENPER-TEBUC study deals with the issue of harmonisation in European Building Codes. It investigates the possibilities to design harmonised building codes at the European level.  It sets up a platform for information exchange on Energy Performance (EP) standardisation and legislation among the prominent national players, to systematically collect and summarise the different approaches and to develop suggestions for a European 'model code'.
SAVE Programme
supported project completed in 2003.


European Standards to Calculate the Energy Performance of Buildings:

European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) Workshop on 20/10/2003 
Umbrella Document: Explanation of the general relationship between various CEN standards and the Directive: This draft document provides an outline of the calculation procedure for assessing the energy performance of buildings. It includes a list of the European standards, both existing and those that are being written, which together form the calculation methodology.
List of European standards: This document lists all existing and planned standards which will describe how to assess the energy performance of buildings. You will also find the contact details for each standard.
Last updated September 2004.
  • The work of Member State’s Committee ????


Press release:
 Energy performance certificate awarded to the European Commission’s headquarters “the Berlaymont” (IP/05/773)

Conferences / workshops:

  •  IEECB’04: International Conference on Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings
    Frankfurt, 21-22 April 2004

  • Workshop on Integrated Methodologies and Harmonisation of Certification Schemes to support the implementation of the new EU Directive on Energy Performance of Buildings
    Brussels, 31. March/1.April 2003

 Background paper 1  (158 KB)
 Background paper 2  (285 KB)
 Conclusions (13 KB)
 Workshop Agenda (95 KB)




last update: 29-07-2008