Sweden to introduce Limit Values for Climate Impact of Buildings
As Boverket revealed back in May, Sweden now takes an important step on the road towards limiting the cliimate impact of buildings. In the newly published report “Limit values for climate impact from buildings and an expanded climate declaration”, which is now available in English, Boverket, proposes to introduce regulation on limit values for the climate impact of buildings from 1st July 2025. Denmark was the first Nordic country to introduce limit values for the emission of buildings in their building regulation on 1st January 2023,
From Foundation to insulation
Boverket proposes that the limit values apply to the maximum climate impact for modules A1–A5 in kg CO2e/m2 GFA from the buildings that are erected and subject to regulation on climate declarations for buildings. The limit value is proposed to include all building elements from the foundation and its insulation excluding solar cells and fixed equipment. The limit values are, furthermore, proposed to be tightened every five years.
Division into two Groups of Buildings
In addition, Boverket proposes to divide the limit values for buildings covered by the climate declarations in two groups. Group one covers homogenous building types with robust reference values as single-family houses, multi-dwelling blocks and office buildings. Group two are buildings without robust reference values.
Climate Declarations for Whole Life Cycles and Refurbishment from 2027
In addition, the report proposes to introduce a climate declaration covering the entire life cycle of buildings from January 1st 2027. Here, the modules A1-A3 product stage, A4-A5 construction process stage, B2 maintenance, B4 replacement, B6 operational energy use and C1-C4 end of life, would be included.
Lastly, climate declaration requirements for certain alterations or refurbishment to existing buildings are proposed to be introduced from January 1st 2027 as well.
Read more and find the report "Limit values for climate impact from buildings and an expanded climate declaration".
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