The new energy efficiency regulations are part of implementing the EU's energy efficiency directive and also promote Finland's own objectives for improving energy efficiency. In the long term renovation work has a major impact on energy consumption in Finland because buildings currently account for 40% of total energy consumption.
The existing Land Use and Building Act was prepared before Finland's current constitution came into force, so the new proposals also include several other amendments to bring it into line with the constitution. The consultation period ends on 9.7.2012 and the new regulations are aimed to come into effect at the beginning of 2013.
Source: Ministry of the Environment