EU Building Regulations

The past few years, the markets environmental requirements have become increasingly more stringent. The new requirements have been set by both the EU and the Swedish government. In 2008-2010 EU revised a former directive and implemented new ones, the directives 2009/125/EG & 2010/30/EU. The 2009/12/EG is an “establishing framework for the setting of eco design requirements for energy- related products.” The 2010/30/EU is meant to propose guiding principles for member states regarding the energy performance of buildings. Today the building sector represents 40% of the European Union’s (EU) total energy consumption.

This topic is also covered by Swedish building and planning restrictions (Boverkets Byggregler). This constitution declares that a house in climate zone 3 (Stockholm area) is allowed to have an energy application of 80 kilowatt per square meter if it is heated by district heating or other similar. If it is heated by electricity it is only allowed to have an energy application of 55 kilowatt per square meters. The higher levels of energy consumption allowed per square meters for district heating is to influence manufactures to choose that type of heating instead. The restrictions are enhanced periodically and it is important for the module builders to be a step ahead of the development.

These regulations and demands from the large institutions forcing the market to develop new methods and new building material. Some competitors will have to spend large amounts of money on R&D to meet the requirements. SCANDINAVIAN HOUSE DEVELOPMENT SA however, is already meeting the requirements and will have an advantage in competition among modules manufactures. SCANDINAVIAN HOUSE DEVELOPMENT SA today is producing modules that consume 30-40 kilowatt per square meter at highly competitive costs and lower market prices.