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viernes, 23 de octubre de 2020


Energy Efficiency certificate


1. What is the Energy Efficiency certificate?

The Energy Efficiency Certificate is a proof required by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism for all homes that are going to be rented or bought by another person. This measure wants to achieve an energy improvement in all the countries of the European Union.

This document must incorporate all the energy aspects of the home, especially to allow a better evaluation and qualification of all the elements that make up the property. An aspect that is known as the *energy label* is derived from it.

2. What is the energy label?

The energy label is a document that details the rating that the home has obtained. This data uses a scale of letters ranging from A, being the highest, to G, which is the lowest of all. In addition, it is accompanied by a series of colors that allows you to define which is the most energetic.

This data is incorporated into the energy certificate, but it also includes information on the amount of carbon dioxide that can be emitted and even provides data on annual energy consumption.


To better understand how this tag works, we break down its different ratings:


-The letter A is colored dark green and is the one that represents the highest energy efficiency.

-Letter B is tinted lighter green still maintaining efficiency.

-The letter C is painted a more yellowish green and is not as energetic as the previous ones.

-The letter D is colored yellow and represents normal efficiency.

-The letter E has a more orange tone and makes it clear that the property has very little energy efficiency.

-The letter F is totally orange and is one of the last steps on the list.

-The letter G is in red and represents a home that does not have any type of energy efficiency.

All users of the energy market must bear in mind that this label has a duration of ten years from the moment it is issued.

3. Is this certificate mandatory?

Yes, as provided in Royal Decree 235/2013, of April 5, all users who want to rent or sell a property must have this certificate. This measure began in June 2013, in order to inform the other person of the energy efficiency of said home and all real estate companies, sellers or lessors must present it at the time of the transaction.

4. Who must carry out this energy certificate?

The Energy Efficiency Certificate must be carried out by an authorized technician, who has the appropriate training for it and may be engineers, architects or specialized technicians. The user is free to decide with which professional company he wants to carry out the certificate since there is no obligation to contract a specific one.

5. What is the cost of this proof of energy efficiency?

The cost of the Energy Efficiency Certificate is not stipulated by the Government, but is established depending on the supply and demand in the market at that time. The most advisable thing in these cases is to compare prices with different companies or request personalized estimates for it.


6. When is the Energy Efficiency Certificate not required?

The energy certificate is mandatory for all users who want to enter the real estate market, either to rent or sell a home they own, but there are certain cases in which this document is not required and they are detailed as follows:

Religious buildings and historical monuments.

• Homes that will not be rented for more than 16 weeks a year.

• Those buildings used for industrial or agricultural purposes.

• Properties that have been demolished or destroyed or that will be a temporary construction.

• The floors that have less than 50 square meters.

7. What happens if I don,t have the energy certificate?

Any user who does not have the energy certificate in force must face a fine, as established in Law 8/2013, of June 26, where non-compliance can lead to minor, serious or very serious offenses. The consumer can face fines of around 300 or 6,000 euros approximately.