Denmark Building Codes

Current Codes of Denmark

The Danish Building Regulations BR10
These regulations became effective on January 1, 2011.

Compliance Verification: All new buildings in Denmark are required to comply with the new regulations to meet the EPBD. Existing buildings going under major renovations must also comply with the regulations. All buildings will be issued energy certificates, which are valid for up to five years.

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History

Danish Building Regulations (BR-08), Section 7
Section 7 of the Danish Building Regulations covered a comprehensive set of energy efficiency requirements, mandatory for all buildings. The code sets maximum energy use standards by floor area and building type, as well as standards on all relevant building elements including thermal insulation and fenestration. This code became effective January 1, 2008.

In 2005, Denmark released the Energy Strategy 2025, which addressed the fluctuating energy markets and competition, as well as their responsibility to international climate obligations. Then in 2006, Danish government complied the EPBD by establishing new legislation, primarily focused on decreasing the amount of energy used for heating. This set a requirement for the maximum amount of oil that can be used at 5.5 litres of oil/square meter, a drop from 14 from the previous year. It set milestones for 2010 and 2015, which could change as the plan updates. It also tightened demands for energy reduction, and solidified the method of verifying energy certification. In 2007, the Energy Strategy 2025 was updated with energy goals for 2025, some of which include: renewable energy use must increase 30%, fossil fuel use must decrease 15%, energy savings initiative will increase 1.25% annually. All energy codes are managed under Section 7 of the Danish Building Regulations, last updated in 2011.