New regulation takes Romania one step closer to net zero buildings

As of February 2023, new technical regulations regarding the methodology for calculating the energy performance of buildings will enter into force in Romania. Thus, the Romanian construction market will take an important step forward by aligning with European standards and trends in terms of sustainability – Business Review reports.


The Official Gazette of Romania published, on January 17, the “Methodology for calculating the energy performance of buildings, indicative Mc 001-2022”. Setting minimum performance requirements for existing buildings and new buildings with near-zero energy consumption (nZEB) is one of the requirements covered by the new Mc 001 regulation.


An update long-awaited

„The updated version of the Mc 001 regulation has been long awaited throughout the construction industry in Romania. nZEB standards are today an essential step for sustainable real estate development, especially now, when energy performance and solutions based on renewable energy, neutralization of the carbon footprint and reaching the targets imposed by the European Commission are a global priority” – states Răzvan Nica, Managing Director of BuildGreen.


“Regarding the energy consumption targets, the new methodology proposes more realistic values and also allows more flexibility in reaching the minimum renewable energy percentage requirements” – Răzvan Nica.


Strong, ambitious, and highly sustainable objectives

A zero-emission building is defined as a building with very high energy performance, with a very low amount of energy still required fully covered by energy from renewable sources and without on-site carbon emissions from fossil fuels – Property Forum points out. The site also adds that the ZEB requirement should apply as of January 2030 to all new buildings, and as of January 2027 to all new buildings occupied or owned by public authorities.


The recent approval of Romania’s nZEB methodology is a major step ahead towards a set of very strong, ambitious, and highly sustainable building objectives across Europe. 


”The methodology approved represents just the beginning of a new era in sustainable building. Carbon neutrality and renewable energy are today’s main concerns and the tools for calculating and actually reaching the nZEB standards have been long awaited,” stated Nica.


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