EU GreenBuilding Programme

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EU (European) GreenBuilding Program, hereinafter Program, is a voluntary program of the European Commission, which was established in 2005. The program aims to support owners and tenants of non-residential buildings or sites, to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and to implement renewable energy sources, hereinafter RES. The Program aims to inform about the use of RES and efficient usage of energy in non-residential buildings, to support building owners or tenants to participate in the program and generate publicity and recognition for those who successfully participate in the Program.

Participation in the program is free of charge to all companies and organizations wishing to contribute to the achievement of program objectives and to meet the prescribed criteria. Participation can take place in two different directions (gained status of Partner or Endorser) and participants can withdraw from the Program at any time without penalty:

  • GreenBuilding Partner: is designed for owners or tenants of non-residential buildings
  • GreenBuilding Endorser: is designed for companies from the construction sector, which contributes to the energy efficiency of building in non-residential sector with its products or services

GreenBuilding Partner Status

Status GreenBuilding Partner, hereinafter Partner, is based on voluntary commitments, which are defined by the participating company or organization based on separately prepared Energy Audit of building and recorded in the Action Plan. The Action Plan should be based on recommendations given in the technical Modules of Program. These Modules are treating different aspects of energy efficient buildings and the integration of RES.

Technical Modules (list non-exhaustive):

  • Building shell (insulation, windows, etc.)
  • Lighting
  • Office equipment
  • Electric appliances (commercial refrigeration, washing, cooking, lifts etc.)
  • Distribution transformers and UPS
  • Ventilation
  • Air-conditioning and passive cooling
  • Heating and water heating - incl. wood heating
  • Solar hot water and heating
  • Co and tri-generation
  • Energy management – compulsory non-technical Module
Status of Partner can acquire organizations, which occupy on long term lease or own at least 10 non-residential buildings and its commitment to the bulk of the buildings in a way that at least 30% existing and 75% of new buildings must meet the requirements for becoming a Partner. Partner status can also be gained for a separate building or site, if they meet the prescribed criteria.

Participation in the program and acquiring a Partner status though not entailing legally binding obligations, but it requires strong commitment, a substantial contribution to the objectives of the Programme, meeting the required criteria and perform these four steps:

  1. 1. Creating an Energy Audit of buildings that are selected for participation in the Program. Energy Audit of building is a mandatory step to participate in the Program. Significant possible energy savings have to be found and should be focused on cost-effectiveness and should also indicate possible interactions between the measures undertaken in different parts of the building. If the organization decides, following the whole Energy Audit of building, to upgrade only a specific subsystem (i.e. lighting, HVAC, etc.), then it is strongly encouraged to make a more detailed audit for the chosen subsystem.
  2. 2. Formulation of the Action Plan, which defines the extent of obligations - innovation and measures to reduce energy demands of selected buildings. The Action Plan will include specific actions that have been evaluated and decided upon (investments to upgrade or replace equipment, improved maintenance, etc.), also should take into account the recommendations of the technical and non-technical Modules. These Modules provide guidance on typical actions that are recommended or expected by Partners. At this stage guidelines for energy management, which are described in the Energy Management Module must be accepted.
  3. 3. Approval of the Action Plan by the European Commission after consultation with the National Contact Point. (In a country where a National Contact point has not been designated, the material shall be forwarded directly to the European Commission).
  4. 4. Partner executes Action Plan, and reports to the Commission and relevant National Contact point.

Criteria for acquiring a Partner status

Measures must be taken to improve energy efficiency in the selected building or sites.

  • Refurbishment of existing non-residential buildings: primary energy consumption reduced by at least 25% (if economically viable), comparing situation after refurbishment to the one before refurbishment.
  • New non-residential buildings: primary energy consumption 25% below building standard (if economically viable) or below the consumption of „conventional“ buildings presently constructed. A full description of the expected energy performance of the new building is required a together with the technologies used.
  • Buildings already renovated or refurbished within the past 5-years counted from the date of application:
    • at least 25% of total primary energy consumption reduction
    • or building shall demand 25% less energy (guiding principle) of the building standard in force at the time of refurbishment or of a „conventional“ new building constructed at the time of the refurbishment.
    When choosing the option, the higher reduction has to be taken.

In the Czech Republic has been awarded this certification building Nordica in Ostrava of Skanska company.

Currently, this certification has received 726 buildings in Europe.

Detailed informations about Program are on the official website:

Case Studies

  • Motel One Hotel
  • Building New Palmovka, Praha 8
  • Jindřiská 16, Praha 1
  • Jungmannova 15, Praha 1