No. On the other hand, the Energy Performance Certificate for Buildings does help you to compare properties in terms of their energy performance.
In order to make sense of the single-line diagram and the position diagram, you first need to understand the symbols used and what these plans represent. Follow our guide!
An energy audit is a detailed inventory of the energy performance of your home. Do not confuse it with the EPB certificate or the heating audit!
The EPB certificate (energy performance of buildings) is the energy ID card of a building. It is compulsory for all buildings that are to be sold or rented.
Electric and gas installations have to be certified when work or renovations have been carried out and when property is sold. In most cases, it is up to you to make the arrangements.
Two types of inspection are compulsory in Brussels: an inspection for compliance before connection to the gas network, and an inspection for compliance with the BEP requirements.
In Brussels, the EPB regulations require owners of buildings where work is being carried out, to insulate in compliance with certain performance standards and to limit thermal bridges.
A well-insulated building is more comfortable all year round because it stays warmer in winter and cooler in summer. So a building like this is more economical when it comes to heating and air conditioning.
If you want to have your old heating oil tank removed, there are some legal obligations to take into account. For safety reasons and to avoid soil pollution, it must indeed be emptied and cleaned.
Your electrical installation will be declared non-compliant if it poses a risk to people's safety: the most common causes include no electrical diagram, no differential switch and cable insulation faults.
In Brussels, a PEB certificate must be presented for all properties put up for sale or to be let.
Nearly Zero Energy (NZE) or ‘Bijna-energieneutraal’ (BEN) is a European Directive imposed on all new buildings by 2021. However, in the Brussels Region, the even stricter passive-house standard will apply from 2015.
There are no legal provisions for the standard maintenance of an electrical installation. So everyone has to maintain their installation with due care and attention. In some case an installation does have to undergo a conformity inspection carried out by an approved body.
An inspection body will check the conformity of your new installation if the work has not been done by a Cerga fitter. For check-ups in compliance with the EPB requirements, you should contact a specialist approved by Leefmilieu Brussel/Bruxelles Environnement.
A heating audit is a test carried out as part of the regulations on the energy performance of buildings (EPB). This audit is mandatory for central heating boilers over 15 years old and has to be carried out by an approved specialist.
It is obligatory to contact approved professionals to have your indoor electricity installations checked.
Cerga is a quality label for professional natural gas fitters, issued by the KVBG/ARGB – the Royal Association of Belgian Gas Professionals.
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