EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (the EPDB)
The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, the EPBD, is to contribute to increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and for products such as boilers fired by oil or gas, and air conditioning systems.
The background of the Directive is the large savings to be made in dwellings, public buildings and industrial and commercial buildings.
The Directive was implemented in Danish legislation with Act no. 585 of 24 June 2005 on the promotion of energy savings in buildings. This Act was followed up by three Executive Orders on: the inspection of ventilation and air conditioning systems in buildings; energy labelling of buildings; and on inspection of boilers and heating installations in buildings.
Due to the Directive, new Danish energy regulations have been introduced in a number of areas:
- A new energy labelling scheme containing a number of changes and improvements
- Special regulations for energy labelling of public buildings and large buildings
- New supplements to the building regulations with increased energy demands on new buildings and the introduction of two new low-energy classes
- A new inspection scheme for boilers and heating installations
- A new inspection scheme for ventilation and air conditioning systems