A heating audit is a test carried out as part of the regulations on the energy performance of buildings (EPB, website in French). This method is used to determine the energy performance of a heating installation, taking into account the environment and consumption.
This audit is mandatory for central heating boilers over 15 years old and has to be carried out by a specialist approved by Leefmilieu Brussel/Bruxelles Environnement (link in French). (See also: 'When do I have to replace my central heating boiler?')
Since 1 January 2011, as the owner of a heating installation that is more than 15 years old you are obliged to have this inspected. The heating audit is in addition to the existing obligation to have central heating boilers serviced (every two years for natural gas and annually for heating oil).
The audit provides information about how you can improve the efficiency of your installation, or in other words how you can reduce the energy it uses without any loss of heat. Resulting in: a reduction in the amount you spend and in greenhouse gas emissions.
After the inspection you receive an audit report with a series of recommendations.
The inspections should be carried out by:
To be approved by Leefmilieu Brussel/Bruxelles Environnement, heating technicians must have followed a specific training course and passed the final examination. This approval is valid for five years and can be extended by five years. The quality of their work is monitored by independent quality control bodies.
Your heating consultant or heating technician will draw up a quotation for the inspection. This quotation includes data processing, the drafting of the report and the provision of explanatory remarks. It takes into account the information available about the building, the central heating boiler, the work carried out, etc. A schedule is suggested.
A heating audit differs from:
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