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buildings will need this certificate as from 1st June 2009.

The legislation also envisages that when a building is to be sold or let an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) has to be produced - dwellings will need to have this certificate as from 2nd January 2009, while all other buildings will need this certificate as from 1st June 2009. The EPC has to be provided within the period of the promise-of-sale agreement or 30 days from the signing of the rent agreement. If the owner does not provide this certificate, the buyer or tenant will have the right to engage an assessor himself and to increase the binding period of the promise-of-sale and to deduct the expenses incurred from the amount of the sum agreed.

It is envisaged that the EPCs will have to be registered with the Malta Resources Authority (MRA) to become valid before their issue to the owner or tenant.

In Malta, the implementation of the EPBD was the responsibility of the Ministry for Resources and Infrastructure and after the recent elections is now under the responsibility of the Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs.

The necessary legislative provisions that will amend LN 238 of 2006

(Minimum Requirements for the Energy Performance of Buildings

Regulations, 2006) will be issued as subsidiary legislation under the Malta Resources Authority Act. The proposed legislation gives the MRA power to delegate to other entities the administration, monitoring and enforcement of the provisions.

It is being anticipated that in Malta the enforcement of tighter regulations on better energy performing buildings especially dwellings will make owners use more energy than what they use now and therefore the main aim of these legislative measures is to control energy wastage whilst maintaining good comfort levels and air quality and not to decrease the use of energy.

Calculation procedures

The tasks implied by Article 7 of the EPBD are a major challenge, in technical terms (availability of appropriate procedures) as well as in terms of required resources (inspectors, financial means, etc). Two existing Software packages namely EPA-NR and iSBEM have been evaluated and a decision as to which of these two packages will be chosen will be taken by end of July 2008 at the latest. After this stage the selected software will be verified and modified using local data sets and a customised front end for Maltese assessors.

A separate assessment for the energy performance assessment of dwellings that takes into consideration both heating and cooling according to the relevant CEN standards is expected to have been developed by September 2008.

Requirements for new buildings and major renovations

The draft legislation envisages that: › All newly constructed dwellings for which planning permission is applied for on or after 2nd January 2009 will fall under the definition of “new buildings” and will require an EPC.

› All other newly constructed buildings and buildings with a total useful floor area of over 1000 m2 that undergo major alterations, and for which planning permission is applied for on or after 1st June 2009 will fall under the definition of “new buildings” and will require an EPC.

› In the case of rent or sale of dwellings the EPC will become mandatory

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