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as from the 2nd January 2009, whilst for all other buildings it will become mandatory as from 1st June 2009 and will have to be included in the contract for sale or rent documentation.

Public Buildings – periodic certification

With regards to the Prominent Display of EPCs in existing large public service buildings, over 1000 m2 [Article 7(3) of the Directive], Malta is defining “Public Service Buildings” as those buildings that are owned or used by Government entities or local authorities and providing a service to the public.

Taking into consideration the administrative measures and other related costs involved, it is therefore being envisaged that for such buildings, it shall be required to commission the production of an EPC not later than the 2nd January 2009 and to have it displayed no later than the 1st June 2009.

Implementation

The implementation of these regulations will be monitored and checked by the delegated entity of the MRA.

Although certification is not yet legally enforced in Malta, Government is leading by example by having government subsidised housing designed to the minimum requirements and, undertaking energy performance audits to analyse the actual performance of a number of public buildings.

No specific requirements for alternative energy sources are included in the existing and proposed legislation. However, Government has adopted a policy that all residential buildings being constructed for social housing and large publicly financed projects be equipped with such amenities.

Independent experts

In Malta, Architects and Civil Engineers (Periti) together with Mechanical and Electrical Engineers require a warrant that is issued by the State to be able to practice their profession. Through this warrant they have to carry the full responsibility and professional liabilities for the range of services they offer and the work they do. They also fall under the rules, regulations and codes of ethics issued by their respective Chambers. The proposed legislation defines the term “independent assessor” and includes a system for monitoring and auditing the issue of EPC’s, boilers and A/C certificates together with control measures to be taken against defaulters.

In terms of training, a programme is being formulated for holding training programmes for assessors and certifiers in mid September 2008. It is envisaged that Periti and Engineers will be required to attend an induction course on the chosen software/s and afterwards be registered with the MRA upon successful completion of the course in order to be registered as an EPC assessor.

Quality control

The quality of the certificates will be controlled by periodic checks of the work of the assessors. No values have as yet been fixed as the charges to be paid.

Inspection of boilers

Malta is working at finalising methodologies based on CEN standards to implement option “A” of the Directive and these are envisaged to be ready by the end of August 2008. Transposition is being incorporated in the same

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