The European GreenBuilding certificate was created as part of the European Commission programme aimed at increasing of the level of efficient use of energy in commercial buildings. It is a certificate dedicated to energy-saving non-residential buildings built in the last five years or to older buildings which will be modernized.
The basic requirement of the certificate is to reduce the energy consumption expressed in primary energy by 25% compared to national standards in the country, where the project is completed. This condition may be met by conducting an energy audit and energy simulation of the building. An additional requirement of the European Programme is the development of an Energy Action Plan covering the life cycle of the building.