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[Country review]

P120

29-08-2008

Maarit Haakana

Ministry of the Environment Finland

Implementation of the EPBD in Finland: Status and planning – August 2008

Finland has adopted appropriate measures to implement the directive into national law: on 13 April 2007 Parliament approved new legislation that, together with supplementary decrees issued in June 2007, constitutes the transposition of the EPBD into national law. The new legislation and decrees came into force on 1 January 2008.

1 > Legal context

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On 13 April 2007, the Finnish Parliament approved new legislation regulating the energy efficiency of buildings. This legislation transposes Articles 3–10 of the EPBD into national legislation. The new legislation consists of a revision of the Land Use and Building Act and two new acts: › the Act on Energy Certification of Buildings (487/2007) › the Act on Inspection of Air-conditioning Systems (489/2007)

The existing building regulations given in the National Building Code of Finland under the Land Use and Building Act were amended by the Ministry of the Environment in order to comply with the directive. These building regulations deal with the calculation methodology and the minimum energy performance requirements, thus implementing Articles 3–5 of the EPBD. The amended building regulations were issued as decrees by the Ministry of the Environment in June 2007.

› Thermal insulation in a building (C3), Regulations 2007 › Energy performance of buildings (D3), Regulations and guidelines 2007 › Calculation of energy consumption and heating power demand of buildings (D5), Guidelines 2007



Indoor climate and ventilation of buildings (D2), Regulations and guidelines 2003 (no EPBD-required amendments)

The Decree on Energy Certification of Buildings (765/2007), covering the details of energy certification, was issued by the Ministry of the Environment in June 2007 and came into force on 1 January 2008. The certification of new buildings started at the beginning of 2008. For existing buildings, the certification will start at the beginning of 2009.

In Finland, the implementation of the EPBD is the overall responsibility of the Ministry of the Environment together with the Ministry of Employment and the Economy (formerly Trade and Industry).

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