FInZEB will define “nearly zero”

The project defines the mutual view of the Finnish construction industry of “nearly zero-energy buildings”.

The aim of the FInZEB project is to define the mutual view of the construction industry in terms of what “nearly zero-energy buildings” (nZEB) required by the EU mean in Finland.The aim is also to define the level of national energy efficiency requirements for different building types.

The FInZEB project involves a large number of property and construction organizations as well as Finland’s leading specialists in energy efficient construction. The project was started by the Ministry of the Environment, the Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT and the Finnish Association of Mechanical Building Services Industries. Granlund is the project’s main consultant.

The project includes open workshops where the participants collect information and experiences regarding completed buildings. Information regarding the progress and results of the project will be available at

Read a press release published by the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries regarding the project here (in Finnish).

Fact: Buildings account for a large part of energy consumption and building regulations will become tighter over the next couple of years. After 31 December 2018, new buildings occupied and owned by public authorities must be nearly zero-energy buildings and after 31 December 2020 all new buildings must be nearly zero-energy buildings. The process will be regulated by the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).