Thursday, September 20, 2012

Members of Parliament approved the amendment act on Energy Performance of Buildings

The Members od Parliament approved on Tuesday theamendment act on the Energy performance of buildings, which governs the law on territorial planning and building regulations (Building Act) and takes over the relevant European Directive of May 2010. The methods and measures in the area of energy performance of buildings will take into consideration the outdoor climatic and local conditions, as well as indoor climate requirements and cost-efficiency of buildings.

Out of 146 present at the Parliamtn 112 members voted for the amendment and 36 members abstained. According to the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic the amendment only added and refined existing measures without conceptual change of legislation. The amendment will come into force on 1st January 2013, with the exception of the changes in the Building Act, they will tkae effect on 1st July 2013.

"The adoption of the amendment to the energy performance of buildings will have, in addition not only the economic effects, but also the positive impact on the atmosphere, such as reducing energy consumption in buildings and the production of CO2. There is added a new role for increasing the number of nearly zero energy buildings and intependent system of energy performance certificates and inspection reports," said the Ministry.

The Directive 2010/31/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the energy performance of buildings established a comparative methodology framework for calculating cost-optimal levels of minimum energy performance requirements for buildings and building elements. Energy certification of buildings in Slovakia carried out since 2008 and owners are responsible for making the certification at the completion of a new building or major renovation for existing building or when it is sold or rented. The validity of the energy certificate will be valid for ten years.

"The Slovak Republic, together with all EU countries give the attention on energy savings. Buildings currently represents more than 40% of final energy consumption, which affects not only the design, but also energy consumption for heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water and lighting," said the Ministry. In Slovakia, the dominant energy consumption is for heating. Therefore, the Ministry considers reduction of energy consumption and using renewable sources in the building sector as very important and it gives adequate attention on it.

Negative impact on the state budget will have a new requirement for the establishment of a European independent control systems for energy certificates. The range and method according to Directive significantly distinguish from the established state supervision for energy certification, which carries State Energy Inspection

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