You must be tired of reading ads for flats for sale or rent that include the phrase "energy efficiency certificate pending". It's when you're the one who needs that all-important piece of paper that you start to worry. And with good reason: there are fines for not having it all sorted out.
What is the energy efficiency certificate?
The energy efficiency certificate or energy certificate is nothing more than an official document drafted by a competent technician.
You are required to have one when:
- You're trying to sell a property.
- You're trying to rent a property you own to someone else.
This certificate includes objective information on the energy characteristics of the home. It is prepared by calculating the energy consumption that each building or home needs over the course of a year, assuming normal operating conditions and use. Based on this calculation, the property receives an energy qualification with a letter.
The calculation accounts for hot water production, heating, lighting, AC and ventilation. It also considers elements such as the material for the outer walls, woodwork, what kind of windows the building has, and its AC systems.