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[Country review]

P119

22-09-2008

Tom EISCHEN

Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade

Luxembourg

Implementation of the EPBD in Luxembourg: Status and planning September 2008

1 > Legal context

The implementation of the EPBD in Luxembourg in general is the responsibility of the "Ministère de l'Economie et du Commerce Extérieur” (Ministry of Economy and Foreign trade), Department for Energy.

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The EPBD is legally implemented in the "loi du 5 août 1993 concernant l'utilisation rationnelle de l'énergie", which originally came into force in 1993. This law is the basis for the Government to set up the requirements for the thermal insulation of buildings and this was done in 1995 for the first time by the "règlement grand-ducal du 22 novembre 1995 concernant l'isolation thermique des immeubles".

This regulation sets up requirements for new buildings and the refurbishment of existing building stock. The regulation fixes a maximum average U-value for the whole building taking into account several aspects such as the ratio volume/surface and the inside temperature for buildings with a floor area greater than 200 m2.

For smaller buildings, the average maximum U-values are determined for each part of the building (roof, external walls, windows, etc.). Each time a building permit (new buildings and refurbishment of existing building) is required, a certificate proving that the building meets the requirements of the regulation has to be joined to the inquiry.

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