FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions about the Open Doors Malta campaign.

 

Can my house/building participate in the Open Doors Malta campaign?

The proposed criteria for Open Doors Malta campaign must take into account the fact that current activity in energy efficient building design and construction is very limited and fragmented. In the area of domestic buildings, isolated efforts can be observed in the areas of building insulation, RES installation, aperture glazing and water consumption. In the area of commercial and public buildings we are observing a new awareness of such energy efficiency measures with newly constructed buildings including such measures in their design.

Buildings that are involved in the campaign, should meet the following conditions:

  1. The calculated rate of heat loss per unit time through the solid parts of the exposed elements shall not be greater than those shown in Figure 1 below. However, some more stringent standards have been included for windows and rooflight openings.

Figure 1          Standard U values for buildings (Doc F – Minimum Requirements on the EPB Regulations)

 

 

Maximum U values in W/m2K for all building categories participating in the Open Doors Malta campaign.

Exposed walls

1.57 W/m2K

Exposed floors

1.57 W/m2K

Non-exposed floors

1.97 W/m2K

Roofs

0.59 W/m2K

Window and rooflight openings

2.8 W/m2K

 

Additional standards for residential buildings:

-          Catchment of rain water into cistern and utilization of this rain water for irrigation or also within the residence.

-          At least 50% of the roof area should be dedicated for the installation of Renewable Energy Sources (RES).

-          Provision of a minimum of 50% of the energy needs p.a. for cooling and heating of spaces and hot water via RES.

-          Limited grid-supplied electric water heating.

 

Additional mandatory standards for non-residential buildings:

-          Catchment of rain water into cistern and utilization of this rain water for irrigation or also within the building.

-          At least 50% of the roof area should be dedicated for the installation of Renewable Energy Sources (RES).

-           Provision of a minimum of 50% of the energy needs p.a. for cooling and heating of spaces and hot water via RES.

-          Limited grid-supplied electric water heating.

-          Natural ventilation system.

 

 

How can I get involved in the Open Doors Malta campaign and open my house/building for visitors?

If your house meets the requirements for participation in the campaign, contact us by phone on 2142 0852 or email info@pim.com.mt, or register in the system as a user of the website by following the steps below.

 

How to Sign up?

Go to the website and click on the http://opendoorsmalta.eu/join-campaign

Or press the “register” button in the top right  corner 

Enter your name and e- mail. After successfully completing the registration process, you will receive an email with a confirmation message.

In this confirmation email, you will find a link which you only use once. After logging in to the website, you will be prompted to set your new password.

As a next step apply for a role as a professional or exhibitor. To do this, click on "Apply for role" :

Select “exhibitor” if you want to open the door of your building and invite visitors for an event.

Log in as an expert if you are involved in building sector as an architect, engineer or contractor.

Upon completing the registration and login, you can access your profile at the top right of the website and make further changes if you like.

 

How to include my building in the system and create and Open Door event?

  • Choose “Add content”
  • Add your house / building
    • Fill in your address. You can choose that your address is shown on the site or not.
    • You can not add opendoors dates yet. You do that later.
    • Also you house is not published on the website yet.
    • Special fields
      • Comment in reminder mail: 3 days before the event, visitors get an automatic email. If you write something here, this message will be incorporated in the reminder mail. (ask [the national organisation] if you want to know the text of the reminder mail)  
  • An e-mail is send to the site administrator
  • The administrator can publish the house. Then it will be visible on the site.  
  • When your house is published, you will find another tab “Events” where you can add events.
    • The national organization has determined the dates of the opendoors events. you can not choose other dates.
    • The standard amount of visitors is set at 20. You can change the max visitors if you like.

After adding the event, these open doors moments will be shown at your house on the website.

 

What’s in it for me as an individual by visiting buildings?

The central idea is that as a visitor you get useful and independent information from the owners of the houses and buildings, as well as first-hand experience about the construction or renovation to a low energy building standard. During the visit of buildings you can learn from the living, working and construction experience of the building owners.

 

It is a non-commercial event, which is based on actual case studies and wants to showcase modern technology and efficient use of renewable energy sources and the technical feasibility of building a low energy building. During the Open Doors Malta bus tour you will have the possibility to ask questions about building technologies, designs, and latest policies applicable to Malta.

What’s in it for me as a professional in the the building sector?

The main idea behind the Open Doors Malta campaign is to provide visitors with non-commercial information about low-energy/nearly zero energy buildings in order to accelerate demand driven change of the building sector. During these local events, building owners and public sector stakeholders can visit new and refurbished houses and public buildings, highlighting nearly zero energy standards, technologies and components.

How do I get this free publicity as a building professional?

By registering as a building professional on our website and by showcasing your buildings you increase your public visibility. People are keen to learn about personal stories and building experiences, because they are more real, credible and interesting, and might contact you to design or build a building for them.

If you have participated in the construction or renovation of a property, talk to your clients and ask them whether they are interested in participating in the Open Doors Malta campaign. Provide us with their contact details, as they might require additional information about the campaign and wish to receive further information materials. You or the building owner can send us the technical details of the property in order to register it for the campaign. You get free publicity on our website and during the doors open days.

 

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