Tuesday 19 March 2019

Energy performance certificates depend on build quality

The Malta Developers Association refers to the recent press release issued by Flimkien Għal Ambjent Aħjar (FAA) in which it accused MEPA of “appeasing developers” by failing to require new developments to have energy performance certificates.

The issue of energy performance certificates is not within MEPA’s remit since they are not part of the planning regime. These certificates are issued by professionals accredited by the Malta Resources Authority after buildings are completed. Contrary to what FAA implies, there is no obligation on MEPA’s part regarding energy performance certificates at the planning or permit stage.

The allegation that MEPA is somehow “appeasing developers” because it is not asking for these certificates at permit stage when these cannot be issued at this stage, is reckless and untruthful, and was resorted to so as to fit in with FAA’s imaginary pre-conceived idea that MEPA is pursuing some “appeasement policy” favouring developers.

To arrive at this ‘conclusion’, FAA has completely ignored the existing legislation regarding energy performance certificates – a clear indication of the amateurish way with which FAA approaches issues that concern it.

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