(formerly: Energy Demand Management Committee (EDMC))
The energy efficiency of buildings has been the subject of European guidelines since 2002. The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (2002/91/EC) – as well as its currently valid new version 2010/31/EU – contains orders for the member states to enact certain norms concerning the final energy efficiency of new and existing buildings as well as regulations for energy certificates according to the respective national law.
The Directive 2010/31/EU on the Energy Performance of Buildings foresees in Article 26 a committee that is called EPB Committee.
This committee meets several times a year and supports the Commission in implementing the directive. The EPB Committee serves as the official forum for the exchange of information between the Commission, which holds the chair, and the Member States.
The Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) joint with the two leading ministries (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) represents the German interests at the regular meetings of the EPB Committee.