RES-H building obligations (Energy Performance of Buildings)

Updated: 10.01.2019

Author: Boris Valach

The Act No. 555/2005 Coll. on Energy Performance of Buildings is the main instrument to reduce GHG emissions from buildings. It provided a regulation on Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) for buildings. The legislative changes took effect as of January 2013, and they set standards for the compilation of EPCs in order to improve their quality.

Energy certification is required for buildings or separate parts of a building that are sold or rented to a new tenant, as well as all newly constructed buildings or all buildings that have undergone major renovation (§ 5 par. 2 Letter a and c Act No. 555/2005). The details on the calculation of the energy performance of buildings are set by the Decree No. 311/2009 Coll. of the Ministry of Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic.

In addition, all new buildings must meet the energy performance requirements of a near-zero-energy building from 31 December 2020 (§ 4b par. 1 Letter b Act No. 555/2005).

A near-zero-energy building (building with almost no energy need) is a building with a very high energy efficiency. Nearly zero or very small amounts of energy needed to use such a building must be provided with effective thermal protection and energy largely supplied from renewable energy sources located in or near the building (§ 2 par. 8 Act No. 555/2005).

Obligated entities

Natural and legal persons preparing investments in new (large) buildings

Competent authority

Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic

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Further information

  • Ministerstvo hospodárstva Slovenskej republiky (MH SR) – Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic
  • Maroš Stano
  • +421 248 541 111
  • MHSR website
  • info(at)

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