The energy efficiency certificate or energy certificate is an official document drawn up by a technician on the state of the facilities to know the annual energy expenditure of a property, useful information when buying or renting. In addition, it incorporates recommendations and improvements to obtain a more efficient energy behavior, increase the comfort of the home and reduce energy consumption.
When do I need the energy certificate?
According to Royal Decree 235/2013 you will need it when you want to sell a property or if you are the owner, rent the property. The validity of the energy efficiency certificate is 10 years, maximum.
The Catalan Energy Institute (ICAEN) issues a label that will qualify the building according to its efficiency and will be mandatory in the purchase or rental. The energy rating scale is seven letters, ranging from A, the most efficient, to G, the least efficient. In addition, each letter also implies a higher quality of life with decreased noise, increased comfort and quality of materials in the home or building.
The implementation of Royal Decree 235/2013, informs the duty of buildings to have and renew every 10 years this certificate of energy efficiency. These regulations favor the promotion of properties with greater energy efficiency.
Therefore, it is mandatory that they have it:
- Newly built buildings, since November 1, 2007.
- Buildings or homes for sale or rent, from June 1, 2013.
- Buildings or parts of buildings in which a public authority occupies a total usable area of more than 250 m² and which are habitually frequented by the public.