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[Country review]

P124

31-07-2008

Wolfgang Jilek

Energy Commissioner of Styria; Representative of the Austrian Bundesländer

Implementation of the EPBD in Austria: Status and planning - June 2008

In Austria the responsibility for the implementation is split between the Federal Republic of Austria and the nine Länder (Autonomous Provinces), thus each of the nine Länders has its own regional regulations. Most of the legislative elements were adopted before June 2008. In two Länder a few remaining items of legislation are still under preparation. Certification of new buildings has started, and about 12.000 certificates have already been issued by the end of June 2008.

1 > Legal context

www.buildingsplatform.eu

The Federal Republic of Austria is responsible for implementing the EPBD when the energy certificate involves the selling or renting of buildings, or parts of a building (apartments, offices etc.). On May 24th 2006 the Austrian Parliament has passed the Energy Certification Providing Act which obligates vendors and landlords to provide energy certificates for buildings when they are sold or rented. The law refers to the Länder regulations as far as methodologies, requirements and procedures are concerned.

In order to harmonize the nine building codes and other legislative elements of the Länder the OIB (Österreichisches Institut für Bautechnik) was charged with the development of a calculation system, the details of which, and the definition of the EPBD requirements can be found under www.oib.or.at: A document entitled “Austrian Institute for Structural Engineering Guidelines - Cited standards and other technical regulations” had been produced, which provides the actual valid versions of standards and other technical regulations used as a common basis. Based on these standards the Länder have finally adopted their regional legislations.

In addition, the “Guidelines concerned with the energy performance of buildings” constitute a technical annex to the Austrian Institute for Structural Engineering Guideline 6 “Energy economy and heat retention”. These guidelines contain general provisions, the final energy demand calculation, the simplified procedures and measures which are recommended for existing buildings.

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