Swedes unveil greener buildings scheme
A government advisory panel has published proposals for Sweden's implementation of the EU directive on energy performance of buildings. All member states are required to transpose the directive by 4 January 2006 (EED 06/01/03). The panel recommends a three-year transition for introducing building energy performance certificates. It puts the costs at up to SKr4,000 (€440) for a small house and up to double that for an average block of flats. National accreditation body Swedac would be involved in setting up a company to authorise "energy experts" to draw up the certificates. See press release.