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sent to the VEA (without fee) at least one month after the building permit is requested.

Energy performance certificate

Since the 1st January 2006 an energy performance certificate is required for all new buildings for which the energy performance has to be calculated, and for which a building permit has been requested,. The drafting and delivery of this energy performance certificate is part of the procedure related to the ‘EPB-declaration’ after construction. The certificate is automaticaly generated by the energy performance database on base of the xml of the declaration that the reporter sends to the database, with no intervention from VEA. There is no fee for generating the certificate. It is done by the database.

An energy performance certificate for public buildings will be required at the latest on the 1st of January 2009. A trained expert will investigate the building and produce the certificate with a webbased tool, part of the energy performance database. For government-owned public buildings, school buildings and health and welfare services an operational rating system is used for the certification. The certificate must be shown in a visible place in the public building.

Energy performance certificates for residential buildings that are being sold or rented will be introduced in the autumn 2008. All certificates will be sent to the central energy performance database.

The experts will have to undergo a training course and pass an examination. They can use the free software developed by the VEA. The software is internet-accesible.

The certificates for existing residential buildings are based on asset rating. The energy performance is expressed in kWh/m² on a continuous scale. The certificate contains advice on measures to improve the energy performance of the building.

The certificate shows on the first page: • a picture of the building; • the energy performance indicator: calculated characteristic primary energy use per square metre;

• a continuous scale with benchmarks to new buildings and colors expressing the quality of the energy performance; • information on the building and the expert.

On the following pages, there are values on the performance of the building shell, the installations and the CO2 emissions. There is also a short list of the measures which are explained in more detail on the following pages.

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