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Inspection of boilers and air conditioning equipment

For boilers, Estonia has opted for the method alternative described in Article 8(b) of the EPBD. At the present time new boilers must be registered when they are purchased. The information on new boilers will be collected by Estonian Technical Surveillance Authority. In February 2008, amendments were made in Energy Efficiency of Equipment Act in order to regulate requirements for persons performing the inspection of boilers, heat pumps or air conditioners. These amendments created a legal basis for new inspection schemes for boilers, heat pumps or air conditioners. However, as the use of air conditioners in Estonia is rather limited, the training programme for inspectors has not yet been started.

3 > Future planning

The legislation on energy efficiency in buildings is relatively new and a lot of activities are needed to put these requirements effectively into practice. In coming years, it is essential to: › develop tools for checking compliance with minimum energy performance requirements;

› develop national registries to collect the information from energy auditing and energy certification;

› train more experts, increase awareness on energy certification and auditing;

› develop inspection schemes of boilers, heat pumps and air conditioners.

National websites:

› www.mkm.ee › www.kredex.ee

4 > Advertising campaign

National housing and energy efficiency policies underline the importance of public awareness on energy conservation in buildings. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has established a specialised unit in KredEx Foundation - Energy Efficiency Competence Centre – to work in this

area. The Energy Efficiency Competence Centre

(http://www.kredex.ee/esk) provides information on the implementation of energy efficiency measures for residents of apartment or public buildings, manages information concerning energy conservation and arranges meetings between the various parties in Estonia involved in the further development of energy use in apartment or public buildings. The Centre also focuses on distributing information on renovation that saves energy, and on the structural repair of apartment buildings. While there are no plans to launch any specialised advertising campaigns on energy certification of buildings in 2008 or 2009, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications intends to carry out a number of seminars for municipalities to disseminate information on new energy performance requirements and energy certification of buildings.

This paper has been prepared in collaboration with the EPBD Concerted Action (www.epbd-ca.org)

The EPBD Buildings Platform has been launched by the European Commission in the frame of the Intelligent Energy – Europe, 2003-2006 programme. It is managed by INIVE EEIG (www.inive.org), on behalf of DG Energy and Transport.

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