Immo: compulsory asbestos certificate in Flanders - Immo

Immo: compulsory asbestos certificate in Flanders – Immo

From November 23, an asbestos certificate will be required for any renovation of a property built before 2001.

Yet another certificate? No doubt, but it is for the good of all. Widely used until the end of the last century because of its insulating, heat-insulating and fire-retardant qualities, asbestos can hide in false ceilings, electrical installations or behind walls. In total, this material, popular because of its low cost, is capable of at least 3,500 different applications. From where the necessary intervention of specialists who will not miss work insofar as 2,8 million residences built before 2001 would still contain, together, some 865,000 tons of asbestos. If we add public buildings or businesses, the total rises to 2.3 million tonnes, not counting the 40,000 kilometers of buried pipes designed in this material. The experts responsible for issuing these certificates should be trained by July 1.

In 2032, any owner of a property, whether he sells it or not, will have to own the same certificate which is in fact the first stage of a vast plan leading to a completely asbestos-free Flanders by 2040. This certificate, which does not entail any new obligation, must in fact be considered as an inventory but also a protection tool since it will raise awareness of the risk of eliminating materials assumed – wrongly – harmless. Floor tiles, for example. For private individuals, there is no general obligation to remove, even if any asbestos uncovered during renovation work cannot under any circumstances be covered again. This would in fact be putting the problem on the backs of future generations.

Yet another certificate? No doubt, but it is for the good of all. Widely used until the end of the last century because of its insulating, heat-insulating and fire-retardant qualities, asbestos can hide in false ceilings, electrical installations or behind walls. In total, this material, popular because of its low cost, is capable of at least 3,500 different applications. From where the necessary intervention of specialists who will not miss work insofar as 2,8 million residences built before 2001 would still contain, together, some 865,000 tons of asbestos. If we add public buildings or businesses, the total rises to 2.3 million tonnes, not counting the 40,000 kilometers of buried pipes designed in this material. The experts responsible for issuing these certificates should be trained by July 1. In 2032, any owner of a property, whether he sells it or not, will have to have such a certificate, which is in fact the first stage of a vast plan leading to a completely asbestos-free Flanders by 2040. This certificate which entails no new obligation must in fact be considered as an inventory but also a protection tool since it will make people aware of the risk of eliminating materials supposedly – wrongly – harmless. Floor tiles, for example. For private individuals, there is no general obligation to remove, even if any asbestos uncovered during renovation work cannot under any circumstances be covered again. This would in fact be putting the problem on the backs of future generations.

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