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Certification of buildings

The requirements regarding the certification of buildings will be adopted by the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications. The scope of public buildings certification will be set by the Government. The work with those new regulations is ongoing and the drafts will be issued in summer 2008.

If the building is rented or sold, it must have an energy performance certificate from 1 January 2009. For public buildings, certification is mandatory from 1 January 2009.

In most of cases, certification will be based on measured or monitored energy consumption data. In new buildings, an asset rating will be used. It is not mandatory to perform an energy audit before the energy certificate is issued.

Qualified Experts

According to the Building Act, only registered legal persons can issue the energy certificate or perform the energy auditing of buildings. Those persons providing services of energy certification or energy auditing should fulfil additional requirements, namely: › they should be in the register of economic activities; › they should have legal relationship (a contract) with a competent person, who is a specialist in charge. There should be at least one specialist in charge in each company;

› they should keep records of issued energy audits and/or energy certificates and linked documents.

The specialist in charge advises those issuing the energy certificate or audit in order to guarantee compliance with the requirements provided by the Building Act and legislation established on the basis thereof. In undertaking to provide the service of energy auditing, the specialist in charge should have higher education and professional qualifications. If the service of energy certification only is offered, the specialist in charge should have only professional qualifications. Those having the necessary qualifications to perform energy audits may issue energy certificates, while those only qualified to carry out energy certification may not perform energy auditing.

Professional qualification can be pursued after the person has passed the specialised courses for energy auditors or energy certifiers. It is expected, that there will more than 50 active energy auditors in 2009, the number of energy certifiers could be within the same range. It is expected that more than 200 persons eligible to perform energy certification of buildings before the end of year 2010.

The Estonian Technical Surveillance Authority has the authority to carry out the quality control of energy audits and building energy certificates.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has initiated a project “Development of energy audit practices” to design the professional standards for energy auditors and energy certification specialists, to develop the training programme and to carry out a pilot training course for energy auditors. The project is funded by the EU Transition Facility, the project description can be downloaded from the website of the European

Commission(http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/fiche_projet/document/- 2006_018-111%20Energy%20auditors.pdf).

EPBD Buildings Platform > P83 Estonia-June2008

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