2013 Implementation of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPCs) in Spain

From 1st of January 2013 Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are needed whenever a property is:

  • built
  • sold
  • rented

If you’re selling Spanish property or you are holiday home owners, you must order an EPC for potential buyers and tenants before you market your property.

Previously, and in accordance to Royal Decree 47/2007 relating to the procedure for the energy certification of new buildings, this certificate was requested only for properties built after 2007. Now, as the 2013 EPC’s are implemented by law at national level, they will be required for all types of buildings. Consequently the owner of the flat, not the Community of Owners, needs to apply for the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) if they wish to sell or rent it.

An EPC contains:

  • information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs
  • recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money
  • recommendations on actions that should improve the performance of thermal installations, lighting systems, or on the integration of renewable energies in the building

An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (which represents low performance) and it is valid for 10 years.

Typically, a new building that strictly abides by the current regulations will be rated on the limit between C and D.

The cost of the certificate is established by the market. For new projects, the cost is integrated in the price of the project. However, for existing buildings, the Administration estimate a cost from 40€/ house for block of flats to 250€ for detached houses. The certificate will be issued by technicians who are qualified by Law on building regulations.

The Autonomous Communities will decide on the type of external control to apply and the penalties to be imposed in case of finding deficiencies.
For further information please contact Susana Diez Urquiola, via email; susanad@b-legal.co.uk or telephone; 01494 687837.