Transposition of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)

Aims

The overall aim of the REEP policy dialogue is to support legislators and investors eliminate market barriers to energy efficiency and accelerate the take-up of energy services.

Scope

The recast European Union’s (EU’s) Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (Directive 2010/31/EU) (EPBD) is a vital instrument of EU as well as Western Balkans/Energy Community energy efficiency policy in the built environment. The transposition and implementation of the EPBD poses a significant work load and technical challenges for all countries in the Western Balkans. In particular, countries are required (Article 1 of the Directive) to develop/undertake the following:

  • a common general framework for a methodology for calculating the integrated energy performance of buildings and building units;
  • the application of minimum requirements to the energy performance of new buildings and new building units;
  • the application of minimum requirements to the energy performance of:
    • existing buildings, building units and building elements that are subject to major renovation;
    • building elements that form part of the building envelope and that have a significant impact on the energy performance of the building envelope when they are retrofitted or replaced; and
    • technical building systems whenever they are installed, replaced or upgraded;
  • energy certification of buildings or building units;
  • regular inspection of heating and air-conditioning systems in buildings; and
  • independent control systems for energy performance certificates and inspection reports.

The EPBD-related REEP policy dialogue component aims to assist Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia (the Target Beneficiaries) to develop a subset of the secondary legislation, regulations and guidelines necessary for the transposition of the EPBD. The scope of specific assistance for each country was established in consultation with each Target Beneficiary (see Table 1 below) and refined during the kick-off events by the Consultants and Technical Working Groups (TWGs) established in each country.

Table: Scope of assistance provided by to the Target Beneficiaries (as at 1 October 2014)

Beneficiary Primary law Secondary legislation
Minimum Energy Performance reqirements National Calculation method; Energy performance certification Heating and A/C inspections
BIH-Federation



Croatia



FYR of Macedonia
✓ (training & accreditation)
Kosovo
Serbia



Beneficiary IT infrastructure
Calculation software EPC registry (database)
Specifications & design Product Specifications & design Product
BIH-Federation
Croatia
FYR of Macedonia

Kosovo

Serbia