ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF BUILDINGS : EXECUTIVE FAULTS ITALY AND SPAIN.
The European Commission formally requested that Italy and Spain fully comply with Directive 2002/91/EC on the energy performance of buildings. By sending a reasoned opinion, on 24 November, the Commission reserves the right to take the two member states to the EU Court of Justice if no sufficient measures are adopted within two months. Directive 2002/91/EC aims at providing buyers or renters with relevant information about their (prospective) buildings. It also requires, since 4 January 2009, member states to provide for a scheme for the regular inspection of boilers and air conditioning systems.
According to the EU executive, Italian legislation on energy performance certificates for buildings does not comply with the requirements of the directive. Officials further note that Italy has not yet adopted any measures making regular inspections of air conditioning systems obligatory in order to evaluate their performance. As for Spain, the EU executive criticises the non-adoption of a methodology for calculating energy performance or a certification scheme that covers all existing buildings. The Spanish boiler inspection system also does not cover installations that existed before its legislation entered into force.
The directive requires member states to establish a methodology for calculating the energy performance of buildings and to lay down minimum energy performance standards for both new and large existing buildings that are subject to major renovation. When a building is constructed, sold or rented out, an energy performance certificate must also be made available to the prospective buyer or tenant.
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|Date:||Dec 8, 2010|
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