Implementation of the EPBD Denmark: Status in 2020

Kirsten Engelund Thomsen, Kim B. Wittchen, Søren Mark Sandorff*, Allan Hansen, Line Kold, Kasper Eden Jørgensen, To Quyen Hoang, Niels Bruus Varming

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This report presents an overview of the current implementation status of the EPBD and relevant initiatives planned in Denmark. The report addresses the methodology for the energy performance calculations for buildings and related requirements, including the Danish requirements for technical building systems. It also provides an update on implementing the EPC and the inspection requirements for heating and AC systems.
An early introduction of future requirements is a tradition in Danish building policy and regulation; it gives the building industry as well as building owners an opportunity to prepare, develop and experiment with the buildings of tomorrow. The method has been a successful way to push the Danish building industry in an ambitious direction and has ensured new buildings to be highly energy efficient at a cost-efficient level. It is also a tradition that future requirements are evaluated before they become final and binding.
The Danish NZEB definition is now the minimum requirement in Danish building regulations and has been mandatory since 1 July 2016. The building regulations still have a voluntary energy class that corresponds to the former Building Class 2020.
At the end of the report, an overview of the new Danish Climate Act, which is expected to form the background for the Danish policy regarding energy efficiency, is provided.
The Danish Energy Agency, under the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities, is responsible for implementing the EPBD in Denmark. The Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority, under the Danish Ministry of Transport and Housing, is responsible for the building regulations in Denmark.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConcerted Action - Energy Performance of Buildings : Country reports 2020
Number of pages27
Place of PublicationKøbenhavn
Publication date2020
Commissioning bodyEuropean Commission
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • EPBD
  • Energy Perfonnance of Buildings Directive
  • Implementation of EU legislation
  • National legislation

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