Do you wish to purchase, rent out, rent or sell property in Spain? Welex´s lawyers in Marbella, who are specialised in urban development law, are pleased to write this blog and inform you of everything you need to know about Spain’s energy performance certificate.
In today’s post, we wish to clarify some issues regarding the energy performance certificate of properties in Spain, including the definition of this certificate and what it must contain.
Taking a step-by-step approach, let’s start with the definition.
The energy performance certificate in Spain, also known as the energy certificate, is an official document which contains objective information regarding the different types of features of the property.
The aim of this certificate is to measure the energy quality of a given property, and, as a result, a calculation is made of the annual energy consumption required to fully satisfy the energy demands of the building in normal conditions, regarding both its occupation and function (this may include, for example, the building’s heating production, lighting, hot water, ventilation and air conditioning).
Once the energy study of the property has been conducted, the process of issuing the energy performance certificate in Spain is concluded when an energy ticket is included in the certificate. This is a mere qualification or grading of the property’s use of energy, whether positive or negative.
The property’s qualification is given a letter grade ranging from A to G. The letter A is given when the property is very energy efficient. In other words, the best qualification starts at A, and, according to the energy performance analysis, if there are any energy efficiency deficiencies, the qualification may become the letter B, C, E, F or G; the latter would determine that a property is very energy inefficient.
The final aim of the energy performance certificate in Spain is to both promote energy savings and to boost the use of renewable energy.
After the certificate has been issued, the certificate has a maximum validity of ten years. The property owner is obliged to adequately obtain and preserve the certificate.
All owners who wish to sell or rent out their property must obtain an energy performance certificate (there are a small number of exceptions).
What are the minimum requirements of an energy performance certificate?
- The building must be fully identified (or the entire section that is included in the certificate).
- The procedure that will be carried out to obtain the energy qualification must be correctly identified and described; this description should include the following information:
- All of the energy features of the property
- Identification of energy efficiency regulations and savings
- Description of all of the tests, verifications and inspections that were carried out by the architect in charge of the certificate
- The energy qualification must be mentioned by means of the energy ticket (letters A through G).
- The final document that contains the measures recommended by the certifying architect.
Should you have any enquiries of a legal or fiscal nature related to this or any other issue, do not hesitate to contact our law firm and accounting team in Marbella.