The EPC – Energy Performance Certificate is issued once the construction elements and installations of a property have been assessed and graded. The study of these characteristics will place the property into one of seven categories, from A, the most energy efficient, to G, the least.
From, 2013, the Spanish Royal Decree 235/2013 came into force for all owners wishing to sell or rent their properties, bringing Spain in line with current European legislation regarding the efficiency of all buildings with regard to energy consumption.
WHY IS IT REQUIRED?
The energy efficiency certificate is an informative document for future owners and tenants of the property, allowing them to see how and where the consumption reflected in electricity, gas and water bills is generated. It also includes a number of recommendations on how the property can consume less energy, be more “green” and consequently reduce costs.
WHO NEEDS TO GET AN EPC – ENERGY CERTIFICATE?
All property owners wishing to sell or to rent their properties must have an EPC.
CAN I SELL OR RENT MY PROPERTY WITHOUT AN EPC?
No. The Energy Performance Certificate must be included in the documentation which the owner has to make available to the buyer or tenant. Therefore, an original copy of the certificate must be available before the transaction can be closed.
WHO CAN ISSUE AN ENERGY CERTIFICATE?
Energy Performance Certificates can only be issued by a qualified and registered Architect, Quantity Surveyor Engineer or Technical Engineer.
WHAT DOES THE TECHNICIAN NEED FROM THE OWNER?
The corresponding technician will visit the property to note the general characteristics of the rooms, to take measurements of all areas, and note materials, systems and installations used. He will need the registry details of the property and if you have floor plans, all the better, but not essential. With this information, he will be able to draw up the report and issue the certificate.
HOW MUCH DOES AN EPC COST?
The market determines the cost of the energy performance certificate, i.e. there are no official tariffs laid out. An idea of cost would be in the region of the following:
Apartment between 100m2 – 200m2: between 250€ to 300€ plus IVA
Villa between 150m2 – 300m2: between 350€ to 400€ plus IVA
These prices are approximate and depend on the type of home, size and specific characteristics. You should ask your technician for a price quotation before undertaking the survey.
WHEN DOES THE CERTIFICATE HAVE TO BE RENEWED?
The energy performance certificate is valid for a maximum period of 10 years. However, it is suggested that you renew the certificate to update it (and the category label) if you have made energy efficiency improvements to the home.
At Location Moves we have the experience required to navigate you through the whole process, we know how to anticipate potential problems and make your sale as simple as possible.
For more information about obtaining an Energy Performance Certificate contact Marcia