What is an energy performance certificate? It is a report that describes how efficient a home is in terms of energy consumption and also gives recommendations on how to save money and make your home more efficient. It assigns an energy rating to each home on a scale which ranges from “A” (the most efficient) to “G” (the less efficient).
Has the royal decree regulating the energy performance certificates been approved? Yes it has been approved and it came into force on the 1st of June, 2013.
Is it obligatory to have an energy performance certificate? It is obligatory for all sellers and lessors who are advertising their property for sale or rent. If you do not hold an energy performance certificate then you will be fined.
Who can issue an energy performance certificate? The energy performance certificates are issued by qualified professional technicians or arquitects who are authorised to undertake building projects and thermal installations for buildings.
Will the technician need to visit the property? Yes. They have to visit the property to take measurements and collect information about the property before drawing up and certifying the report.
How much is the energy performance certificate? Up to 100m2 – 155€ + IVA, Between 100m2-200m2 – 195€ + IVA, Between 200m2 – 300m2 – 215€ + IVA, Up to 400m2 – 280€ + IVA
Will I be able to sell a home which does not have an energy certificate after 1/06/2013? No you won´t. You will have to have an energy performance certificate before selling your home. You will be asked to provide this at the notary.
Who will have to pay for the energy performance certificate? The owner of the property to be sold or rented.
How do I know if the property already has an energy performance certificate? Is there a website to check? Each regional registry can check if the property has a registered energy performance certificate by looking up the catastral reference.
How do I receive my EPC? Your assessor will give you the certificate once it was been fully registered and approved.
How long is the energy certificate valid for? The certificate is valid for 10 years. This means owners will not have to obtain a new certificate during this period unless they renovate or change the property in any way.
If I want to sell my home and it has a poor energy rating, such as D, E or F, am I obliged to make any improvements? No, you are not obliged to make any improvements even if your property has a low rating.
Will a low rating affect the sale of my home? Can I sell it without any problems? You are free to sell your home. The only way it will affect a sale is how the rating influences the buyer.
Exceptions, What are they? a) Buildings and monuments officially protected as part of a designated environment or because of their special architectural or historic. b) Buildings or parts of buildings used exclusively as places of worship and for religious activities. c) Temporary buildings with a planned time of use exceeding two years. d) Industrial buildings, defense and agricultural or parts thereof, in the part for workshops, industrial processes, defense and non-residential agricultural. e) Buildings or parts of buildings insulated with a total useful floor area of less than 50 m2. f) Building purchased for major renovations or demolition.