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Energy Performance Certificates in Spain


Energy Performance Certificates...

 

What is an Energy Performance Certificate?

Energy Performance Certificates or as they are properly called, Certificado de Eficiencia Energética (CEE), are documents which will show how energy efficient your home is displayed as a rating from A to G. Much like the stickers you see on things such as fridge freezers, washing machines or air conditioning units, it gives the property a standard energy and carbon emission efficiency grade from ‘A’ to ‘G’, where ‘A’ is the most efficient and ‘G’ is the least efficient.

Who Needs an Energy Performance Certificate in Spain?

Since 1st June 2013 every domestic property for sale or long term rent needs to have an Energy Performance Certificate including ones that are currently rented out or for sale.

Will I be able to rent or sell my house without an EPC in Spain?

No after 1st June 2013 you will be required by Royal Decree to present your Energy Performance Certificate when your property is for sale or for long term rent. When you sell your house the Notary will need the original certificate and when you rent your house the tenant will have to be given a copy of your certificate.

When will this lawyer be enforced?

The Royal Decree has been in effect since the 1st June 2013. You will be expected to comply as soon as possible.

Who can issue the Energy certificate in Spain?

Only certified and registered assessors are able to issue the certificate.

How can I get an Energy Performance Certificate for my property?

We are fully registered assessors and are able to assess and certify also register the Certificate ready for the Notary to check online on the day that you property sale completes. 

How much does an EPC cost in Spain?

The cost depends on the size of your property so you would need to contact us for further information.

Who has to pay for the energy certificate?

Ultimately the owner of the property will have to pay for the certificate.

What if I get a low rating on my EPC?

Along with your certificate you will get a report giving advice about how to improve your properties energy rating. The report will recommend cost effective measures which could be undertaken to improve the energy rating of the property. It will also contain information about the rating that could be achieved if all the recommendations were implemented.


Why have Energy Performance Certificates been introduced?

The EPC has its roots in the Kyoto Protocol which was a worldwide initiative started in 1997 to address the issue of Greenhouse gases. Since then the European Union have formulated the European Directive for the Energy Performance of Buildings, which applies to all member states with a clearly defined timetable of the measures we must introduce. An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a certificate which demonstrates the energy rating of a building. It forms part of the 'Energy Performance of Buildings Directive' (EPBD)

How is the rating on my EPC in Spain worked out?

An energy assessor will visit your property and take measurements and recordings from things such as your air conditioning, your hot water system, type of windows fitted, type of insulation, type of construction etc. The readings taken will then be entered on line into one of the Governments approved programmes which will generate the rating for your property giving it’s energy efficiency and environmental impact. The programmes used are the same for all properties so a potential buyer or tenant will be able see the projected energy costs for each property viewed.

What if I rent my property out long term through an agent?

Either you or your agent will need to get a certificate for your property. An agent will not be legally allowed to offer your property for rent or sale without a certificate.

How Long Does The Energy Performance Certificate Last For in Spain?

The certificate lasts for 10 years.

What if I make changes to my property in Spain?

You can have your property re assessed at any time during the period of your certificate.

 

Call or e-mail us for more information and book an appointment with a qualified Assessor.

Tel: 0034 651150329  E-mail: info@spain4u.es