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The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive affects buildings in all EU countries. Learn here what this means for you.

Buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. This is why the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) was amended for the third time in 2018. It was made more stringent to drive building renovation towards smart infrastructure and reduce final energy consumption, in order to achieve the EU decarbonization goals. 

What do you have to do to fulfill the EPBD?

The EPBD comes into effect in each EU country as of 2020. Each member state must transpose the directive into national law and prepare a new comprehensive long-term renovation strategy of its building stock.

The national laws will be based on the following main guidelines:

For all existing non-residential buildings with a heating, ventilation or cooling system having an output higher than 290 kilowatts the requirements include retrofitting of the system with a building automation and control system (BACS) by 2025 with the following capabilities:

  • Continuously monitoring, logging, analyzing and allowing for the adjustment of energy use
  • Benchmarking the building’s energy efficiency, detecting losses in efficiency of technical building systems, and informing the person responsible for the facilities or technical building management about opportunities for energy efficiency improvement
  • Allowing communication with connected technical building systems and other appliances inside the building and being interoperable with technical building systems across different types of proprietary technologies, devices and manufacturers.

Such equipment above (BACS, monitoring) exempts from otherwise mandatory regular inspections.

Residential buildings shall be equipped with continuous electronic monitoring that measures systems’ efficiency and informs building owners or managers in case of faults or if servicing is necessary, to ensure optimum generation, distribution, storage and use of energy.

Such equipment above (BACS, monitoring) exempts from otherwise mandatory regular inspections.

For such, the directive drives local legislation as follows:

  • In terms of building design, minimal energy performance levels must be met after renovations, as well as standards for healthy indoor climate conditions and for fire safety
  • As to technical building infrastructure, installation of self-regulating devices for the separate regulation of the temperature in each room or, where justified, in a designated heated zone of the building unit
  • Consider the installation of self-regulating devices for the separate regulation of the temperature in each room
  • With respect to promoting electromobility, install a minimum number of electric vehicle charging points for parking spaces and/or cable conduits for future installations
  • Improve the transparency of energy performance certificates by ensuring that all necessary parameters for calculations, both for certification and minimum energy performance requirements, are set out and applied consistently.

For new buildings the criteria are both more comprehensive and more detailed, leading to a higher energy efficiency standard. In this context, Siemens can provide support with the technical infrastructures – please contact us for more information.


As a member of the European Building Automation Controls Association, Siemens supports the guidelines provided by eu.bac. 

For more information incl. BACS Compliance Verification Checklist visit the eu.bac website:



How is the EPBD implemented in my country?

Currently each EU member state adapts the directive into national law. We will keep you updated here. Contact us for more information.
Name of national regulation
Your contact in Siemens
GEG – Gebäudeenergiegesetz 

RE2020 – Réglementation environnementale des bâtiments neufs


The Swiss Federal Energy Strategy 2050 (ES2050)

Great Britain

UK National Energy Efficiency Action Plan

The Netherlands

RITE – Reglamento de Instalaciones Térmicas en los Edificios


Direttiva sull’Efficienza Energetica


OIB-Richtlinie 6


COBRACE – Code Bruxellois de l’air, du climat et de la maîtrise de l’énergie


Energihushållningsreglerna (avsnitt 9 BBR)

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