How energy efficient is your building
More and more tenants of commercial buildings prefer energy-efficient buildings and consider it an important condition when selecting rental premises. Forus helps calculate energy ratings for both new and existing buildings and issues energy labels.
What does an energy label indicate?
An energy label is a document indicating the amount of energy consumed by a building or a part thereof per square metre per year. The calculation is based on the area heated. In the next few years, our country, local governments, and the private sector face the huge challenge of reconstructing the building stock. An energy rating that is as high as possible and reducing the footprint have become a reality in our society. From the beginning of 2020, the minimum energy efficiency requirement for new buildings is a Class A building, i.e. a near-zero energy class. Reconstructed buildings must achieve the label of Class C. Existing buildings should complete calculations to determine their current class and assess the need for reconstructions.
Which buildings can obtain an energy label from us?
Forus calculates energy ratings for all buildings, except for private residences. These include, for example:
- Office and commercial buildings
- Shopping centres
- Warehouses and industrial buildings
- Public sector buildings (educational and cultural establishments)
- Buildings with high energy consumption (such as hospitals)
- Apartment buildings
We calculate the weighted energy consumption as well as the energy efficiency ratio.
Ordering an energy label and its cost
An energy label can be issued to a building only by a person who has the required professional certificate (an energy performance specialist, energy auditor, issuer of energy labels for buildings).
The price of the label depends on whether the building is new or already in use. The size of the building is also taken into consideration. In the case of older buildings, the prices for the calculation of the label begin from a few hundred euros; for newer buildings, the prices start from a thousand euros.
Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
What does an energy label mean and in which format is it issued?
An energy label indicates compliance with the minimum requirements for energy performance. An energy label is a document showing the amount of energy consumed by a building or a part thereof per square metre of heated area in a year.
An energy label provides information on the energy demand or the actual energy consumption of a building that already exists or that is being designed. Energy consumption is the energy used for heating or cooling the building, heating water, ventilation, lighting, use of electrical equipment, etc. in a building.
How will a higher-class energy label benefit me?
Primarily by saving energy and costs and creating a better indoor climate. The energy label of a building is an important criterion for selecting real estate.
An energy label is a prerequisite for receiving various support measures (such as guarantees and loans from KredEx).
Can all buildings earn an energy label?
An energy label can be issued to all buildings.
An independent energy label can be issued to a part of the building in use if there is no common heating system in the building.
Kuidas energiamärgise arvutamine käib?
Olemasoleva hoone puhul arvutab Foruse energiatõhususe spetsialist energiamärgise viimase kolme aasta tarbimisandmete põhjal. Lisaks tuleb vaadata seadmete tehnilist infot ja projektdokumentatsiooni.
Uue hoone puhul arvutatakse energiamärgis ehitusprojekti alusel teostaud energiaarvutuste järgselt. Selleks tuleb koostada energiamudel. Selleks kasutame EQUA IDA Indoor Climate and Energy tarkvara.
How long is an energy label valid?
An energy label is valid for two years from the completion of the building (from the time of issuing a permit for use). After this period, an energy label based on the actual consumption must be issued to the building.
An energy label issued regarding the actual energy consumption is valid for ten years.
A subsequently issued energy label revokes the previous energy label of the same building or part of the building.
The first energy labels were issued in 2008–2009; therefore, the first energy labels have already expired and must be updated by ordering a new energy label.
Who can issue an energy label?
Starting from 1 January 2018, only a person with the respective professional certification (an energy performance specialist, energy auditor, issuer of energy labels for buildings) can issue energy labels to existing and new buildings (still in the design phase).
We at Forus have an energy consumption modeller with extensive experience (diploma specialist in energy performance of buildings, level 7 – partial profession).
Why order an energy label from Forus?
- We are a company that prioritises a sustainable society.
- We have qualified energy performance specialists with extensive experience – a precondition for the calculation of an energy rating.
- We have an energy efficiency department – the energy efficiency of buildings is our daily work and an important mission.
- In addition to energy label calculations, we offer consultations so you could earn the highest label and you as a customer would achieve the biggest cost savings.
- We prepare an energy model of the building for the client – it simplifies the process of applying for a green certificate for the building down the line.