MDA introduces service to tackle new legislation affecting EPCs for commercial properties

    RICHMOND, BC, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today its
UK subsidiary SearchFlow launched a new service to help its clients meet the
demands of new legislation surrounding Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
for commercial premises. Although large properties (above 10,000 square
metres) have needed an EPC since April of this year, new regulations launched
last month have extended this requirement to include commercial premises over
2,500 square metres, as well. As of October 1, 2008, legislation will require
every commercial property that is sold, leased or refinanced to hold a valid
    Backed by an unrivalled choice of three leading national commercial EPC
panels offering the widest coverage, obtained from one of the MDA searches
website SearchFlow, and order all required commercial property information by
selecting one of the three panels and submitting their request, with a
response normally received within 24 hours.
    Domestic EPCs are a compulsory element of the Home Information Pack,
which came into effect in England and Wales on August 1, 2007. An EPC advises
a homebuyer of the current energy efficiency of their target home and of the
potential energy conservation measures that can reduce carbon emissions from
this home and improve its energy efficiency.
    Peter Louis, MDA's executive vice president of the Information Products
group said, 'MDA is pleased to widen the range of services it provides for
commercial law firms and their clients. We are responding to the needs of our
commercial clients by offering a comprehensive service that meets their needs.
By widening our range of search and information products, we are helping our
clients to meet the legislative requirements of the European Union.'

    About MDA

    MDA provides advanced information solutions that capture and process vast
amounts of data, produce essential information, and improve the decision
making and operational performance of business and government organizations
    Focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential,
MDA delivers a broad spectrum of information solutions, ranging from complex
operational systems, to tailored information services, to electronic
information products.
    MDA employs more than 3,300 people in locations across the United States,
the United Kingdom, and Canada. The Company's common shares trade on the
Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:MDA.

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reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. with
respect to future events and financial performance. Any such forward-looking
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expectations. Additional information on these and other potential factors that
could affect MDA's financial results are detailed in documents filed from time
to time with the applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities.

    The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the form
    or content of this release.

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For further information: Wendy Keyzer, MDA External Relations, (604)

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