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Climate declarations for buildings

Draft Ordinance on climate declarations for buildings

The draft Ordinance on climate declarations for buildings contains additional provisions on climate declarations for buildings. Under the Ordinance, the calculated climate impact is specified in kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalents per square metre of gross area. The climate declaration is to include the building’s entire climate envelope and all supporting structural elements and interior walls of the building. The developer must save documentation that can verify the information in the climate declaration for five years.

The draft Ordinance on climate declarations for buildings is to be considered as technical regulations and must be notified in accordance with the Notification Directive.

The provisions of the regulations are objective and non-discriminatory and are directly linked to the purpose of reducing the climate impact when buildings are erected. No less intrusive measures to achieve the aim of the regulations are deemed to exist. The provisions are proportionate and constitute a necessary prerequisite for revealing the climate impact when buildings are erected for the purpose of reducing it.

The Ordinance does not include any mutual recognition clause. This has not been deemed necessary, because there is not considered to be any risk of foreign actors needing to meet the same type of requirements in their home country. There are no provisions on requirements for climate declarations for buildings in most EU Member States. Where there are similar regulations in place e.g. in the Netherlands, buildings erected in Sweden are not included. Therefore, there should be no risk that a developer would have to prepare double climate declarations for buildings erected in Sweden.

The statutory proposals are proposed to enter into force on 1 January 2022.