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CEEB – register your home and avoid fines!

Air pollution in Poland has been the subject of many debates and ecological conferences for years. Many different factors are responsible for this condition including, car transport, industrial emissions, but also our heating furnaces and local boiler houses. With the coming autumn, this topic will become red hot, just like our home radiators. The government is trying to convince Polish people to modernize the forms of heating they use, offering the Clean Air program, co-financing furnace replacement or enabling the building to be insulated and windows replaced. Now, the Central Emission Register of Buildings has also been established.

What is CEEB -?

CEEB is primarily a register of heat sources in residential, public and commercial premises. It will include a broad scope of information on previously granted public aid intended for thermal modernization. This is to prevent a given investment from being subsidized several times. In addition, the Central Emission Register of Buildings will also include reports on inspections as well as inspections, including chimney inspection or those carried out on behalf of local government bodies.

It will be aimed for people struggling with the problem of energy poverty as information on social benefits will appear in CEEB. This will allow for the organization of aid programs that will facilitate the implementation of costly investments related to the thermal modernization of the building.

An inconvenience or a step towards a brighter future?

CEEB is being built by the General Office of Construction Supervision and will be built in stages until its completion planned for 2023. Declarations submission started on July 1st 2021.

Property owners are required to notify of a heat source with a capacity of up to 1 MW heating the premises, as well as electricity sources used to heat the building. In the case of already existing houses, their owners have 12 months to submit such a declaration. For investments completed after 1 July 2021, the notification time is reduced to 14 days after receipt of the use permit.

Declarations can be submitted using the form on the website of the Central Office of Building Supervision, or in paper form, by submitting it to the competent municipal office. An owner who does not submit a declaration or exceeds the indicated deadlines should take into account possible consequences as failure to do so is punishable by a fine.

The project assumes that the information provided by building owners will be as simple as possible in order to avoid unnecessary difficulties when submitting the declaration. It is worth noting that all heat sources are subject to notification: heating boilers, heat pumps, tiled stoves, gas and electric heating, solar collectors, coal cookers, gas fireplaces, heating networks.

Homeowners must submit the declaration themselves. In the case of apartment owners, the application is made by a community or a cooperative, and in the case of council housing, it is done by the commune. Exceptions apply to apartments where there are individual heat sources, such as a fireplace – then the declaration must be submitted by the owner of the apartment.

There are many indications that thanks to the Central Register of Emissivity of Buildings, a very complete map of emissivity in Poland will be created. This is the next step in the fight against “blacksmoke-belching stoves”, which poison the air and have a negative impact on our health