Energy Performance Certificates

The spanish government have approved and enforced the requirement for all properties that are for sale or for rent to have an EPC certificate (Energy Performance Certificate).

The Ministry of Industry has set the regulations that from the 1st of June 2013 it will be obligatory for all homes that are sold or rented in Spain to have an "energy efficiency certificate". This is a document that describes how efficient your home's energy consumption is. The measure is a European initiative, and will come into force on the 1st of June 2013.

The European directive aims to increase energy efficiency in buildings and homes in order to protect the environment, and makes it compulsory for all new and existing homes which come onto the market, whether for sale or for rent, to have this certificate.

The 2002 Directive and the 2010 amendment of the Directive made it obligatory to promote energy efficiency in existing buildings and homes. Consequently, all homes that come onto the market in any country in the European Union, whether for sale or for rent, have to have this energy efficiency certificate, which is valid for a maximum of 10 years.

What does this mean?

From the 1st of June 2013 all homeowners who are selling or renting their property must make this "energy certificate" available to the prospective buyer and/or tenant.

The owner of the home, building, or business premises will be responsible for obtaining and paying for the certificate, which they will need in order to sell or lease their home. In addition to the certificate, each home will also receive a series of recommendations to improve the energy performance of the home and enable it to go up at least one level in the energy efficiency scale.

The drawback to these new regulations is the additional expense for homeowners.

Up to 100m2 - 125€ + IVA
Between 100m2-200m2 - 165€ + IVA
Between 200m2 - 300m2 - 195€ + IVA
Up to 400m2 - 245€ + IVA

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