THE ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE
According to the EU directive (Directive 2010/31/EU) and Maltese Law, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required whenever a building is constructed, sold or rented.
What is an EPC?
This certificate shows the energy performance of a building and is similar to the energy label on domestic appliances such as refrigerators.
What is energy efficiency?
Energy efficiency is the reduction of energy consumption and the elimination of energy wastage. How important is it to look after energy consumption? The more energy efficient we are, the more: – we save money – we improve the environment – we improve the quality of life.
How is an EPC obtained?
This certificate is issued by an authorized assessor and remains valid for a period of not more than 10 years from date of issue. To obtain a list of authorized assessors, follow the link: https://secure2.gov.mt/EPC/information-assessors?I=1
Who should commission an EPC?
Whoever is selling, constructing or renting a building is obliged to present an EPC. In the case of sale or rental, this certificate must be given to the buyer or tenant during the period of promise of sale or rental agreement or on contract date.
What does an EPC consist of?
The EPC shows the building’s energy consumption. The assessor also includes a number of recommendations in the EPC which bring an improvement to the building’s energy efficiency. The implementation of these recommendations not only reduces carbon dioxide emissions, but also reduces energy expenses.
What happens if an EPC is not commissioned?
By law, the owner of the building may be fined between €500 to €5000 if the certificate is not presented within 60 days from the date of request made by the Building Regulation Office (BRO) in the absence of it not being regsitered as contemplated in the same local legislation.