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[Country review]

P83

25-06-2008

Madis Laaniste

Ministry of Economic Affairs and

Communications Estonia

Implementation of the EPBD in Estonia: Status and planning – May 2008

In Estonia, the requirements of the EPBD are transposed into the Building Act and the Energy Efficiency of Equipment Act. New energy performance requirements for the buildings became mandatory in January 2008; energy certification of buildings will start from January 2009.

1 > Legal context

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After the main elements of the EPBD were transposed with a law, that modified and amalgamated 5 different acts, and came into force in October 2006, after which work on the secondary legislation commenced.

In December 2007, the Government approved the regulation on minimum energy performance requirements of buildings (20.12.2007 regulation no. 258; RT I 2007, 72, 445; RT - State Gazette of the Republic of Estonia). This was the first time mandatory criteria for efficient use of energy in buildings were applied in Estonia since the restoration of independence in 1991. Until the end of 2007, energy efficiency criteria were used on a voluntary basis. The regulation on minimum energy performance requirements applies to new buildings as well as existing buildings, and it transposes articles 3 – 6 of the EPBD.

For boilers, Estonia opted for the alternative method described in Article 8(b) of the EPBD. A regulation of the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications on mandatory registration of new boilers was issued in December 2007 (6.12.2007 regulation no 92; RT L 2007, 95, 1577). A similar regime will also apply for new air conditioning equipment with an effective rated output of more than 12 kW.

The implementation of the EPBD in Estonia is the responsibility of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

2 > Status of the implementation

Requirements for new buildings and major renovations

In Estonia, compliance with the requirements for a building is checked before the issue of building permit by the local government. Minimum energy performance requirements are a part of requirements for the building.

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