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The requirements regarding the certification of buildings have been adopted by the Minister of Energy and Economy and the Minister of Regional Development and Public Works in conjunction with the Ordinance for Energy efficiency certification of buildings (www.mee.government.bg;

www.mrrb.government.bg and www.seea.government.bg).

The energy certificate of an existing building is prepared by physical or legal entities, registered in the EEA after a detailed EE audit of the construction, and the implementation of energy saving measures that improve the EE performances of the construction and after the realization of energy cost levels from the energy consumer’s class scale.

The Energy certification can be only done after obtaining the building permit.

For public buildings \state or municipal property\ with a gross useful floor area over 1000 square meters, certification is obligatory. The energy certificate is issued for a whole building only, not for a separate apartment.

The energy certificate of a building.

The certificate is valid for 10 years depending on its category and the energy saving measures from renewable energy sources used for reduction of the building’s energy demands.

If the issue conditions and/or the provisions reflected in it change, the certificate is reissued or invalidated before its validity term expires.

The energy audit of public buildings above 1000 sq.m. is subsidized by the State Budget for 2006 and 2007 to the total amount of 2 million lev. There is no regulation by the State concerning the prices of services for audits, passports and certification of buildings. These issues are solved by bilateral commercial contracts.

Inspection of boilers and air conditioning

The organization of the inspection of the boilers in the Republic of Bulgaria is carried out by the General Directorate “Inspectorate for State Technical Surveillance” part of the State Agency for Metrology and Technical Surveillance, according to the requirements of the Law on Technical Requirements for Products. It is carried out in two main sections according to defined parameters of the installations: high pressure boilers and low pressure boilers.

The heating installations installed in a building with its own heating source, in most cases use boilers with solid or liquid fuel; they are not covered by the state register.

The inspection of new boilers concerning their energy efficiency at the manufacturers and dealers is covered by the execution order adopted by the Government on 22 March 2005 mandatory from 1 April 2005. The procedure for the energy audit on existing buildings also requires a total audit of the heating system, including the boiler. After the building audit is done, the auditor recommends to the owner the necessary steps for improving the boiler’s operation and more efficient adjustment, thus fulfilling the requirements of Directive 91/2002/ЕО Art 8,b). The procedures for inspection of air conditioning systems are still under discussion.

EPBD Buildings Platform > P076_EN_Bulgaria-March2008

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