Solar Thermal Ordinances (STO) are legal provisions stipulating the installation of solar thermal systems in buildings. In general, the obligation applies equally to new buildings and major refurbishments.
Most of the existing STOs are incorporated into national or regional energy legislation and implemented through municipal building codes. Municipalities, regions and countries are increasingly adopting solar thermal obligations and already over 150 million people in Europe live in regions covered by a STO.
The purpose of this thematic workshop is to give an overview of the legislative framework conditions for the process involved in developing and implementing a STO at local level. It will also provide some concrete examples from local authorities which have already introduced solar thermal ordinances, including flanking measures (incentive schemes, information campaigns, etc.).
The ProSTO project results and specific experiences gained by the organizations involved will be shared with the audience. This workshop will also be the ideal opportunity to define a common viewpoint regarding STOs and develop further ideas on how to best promote solar thermal ordinances at European and national level to encourage even more local authorities to adopt and implement solar thermal.