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The proof of compliance must be made after completion of the building. For new or rebuilt buildings, the control of compliance is carried out by the registered "EPB responsible", appointed by the applicant. The "EPB responsible" must be an architect or an engineer that has completed a specific training course. They send their final calculations – in the form of an "EPB final declaration" – to the local administration. Control of the regulation is the responsibility of a regional agent, designated by the government and the local administration, who is authorised to give a fine to the applicant, the EPB responsible or the building contractor (depending on who is responsible for the faults), if the requirements are not met.

Requirements for existing buildings

Minimum requirements for existing buildings have been included in an execution order. For small existing buildings (<1000m2), the current requirements for ventilation will remain in force, with stricter Umax values. The requirements are also extended to other uses, such as for example the industry in case of extension or rebuilding. (cf. table on requirements, pages 6 and 7).

Minimum requirements for renovated buildings >1000m2 have been included in an execution order. The type and level of requirements is a function of the type of the building and the extent of the renovation.

New buildings (residential, offices and schools)

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Training Start of certification

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Certification of buildings

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Training of trainers

Sept. 09 Jan. 10

Training of accredited experts

Start of certification

Existing buildings (residential)

(non residential)

Certification of houses

Time scale for certification

Start of certification

The requirements regarding the certification of buildings will be included in execution orders. Certification will become mandatory for new buildings as soon as the minimum requirements are in force, in September 2009. Regarding the compliance to the requirements, a responsible has been identified during the whole phase of construction of a new building. At the end of the process, the certificate is issued by the administration on the basis of information contained in EPB final declaration.

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For existing residential buildings, the calculation method (calculated energy rating) and the handbook for assessors are finalised. The content of the certificate is expected to be finalised by the beginning of 2009. The development of a

software tool for certification will begin in January 2009. Concerning certification of flats, it will be a certificate per flat. In case of a collective heating system, an audit of the heating system will be completed at the time of renting or selling the first apartment. This audit will be collected in a database and used as an input for certification of the other flats of the building. The inspection process is quick (about 4 hours), in order to lower its price. The energy certificate contains automatic improvements without detailed facts and figures. But if a house has a bad EPC, the landlord is proposed to have an audit of the building (about 1,5 days): the outcome of this audit is linked to incentives to improve the Energy Performance of the house. These audits provide improvements with detailed facts and figures.

Assessors for completion of audits will follow a new training course of 3 days. Assessors to issue certificates will follow a training of 4 or 5 days, and they will also be qualified to carry out audits. The required degrees and/or professional experience to become accredited experts for issuing certificates must be set in an order that should be available in April 2009.

First training of trainers will begin in May-June 2009 and training of accredited experts in September 2009.

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