On 1st June 2013 a new law was introduced that makes it compulsory for property owners to obtain a “Certificado de Eficiencia Energética” in order to sell or rent a property.
What is an EEC
An Energy Efficiency Certificate (EEC) is an official document produced by a qualified assessor that contains information about the energy characteristics and energy efficiency of a dwelling or building calculated according to the calculation method defined by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. The certificate provides a rating of the energy efficiency and the carbon monoxide emissions using an A to G scale. It also suggests possible improvements to make the building more energy efficient. Home owners are not obliged to implement these recommendations. The certificate is valid for a period of 10 years unless a property is extended or renovated.
Who needs to have an EEC
Each owner of a building, house or premises over 50m² that will be sold or rented (in principle for more than 4 months a year) must have an EEC. At this moment an EEC is not required for existing long term tenants, only if the tenancy changes after 1st June 2013. It is the responsibility of the property owner to arrange and cover the cost of obtaining their EEC
The A to G Scale
The most energy efficient homes are in band A and the least energy efficient homes in band G. The homes in band A should have the lowest energy bills. The same scale is used to define the impact of a home on the environment.
The average home in Spain is expected to be band E or F for both ratings. New build houses should be capable to obtain a D rating. Old properties might end up in the G category.
What might influence my rating?
There are many things that might be of influence. Windows, doors, heating, solar panels, roofs, boilers, internal volumes, walls, construction materials and year of construction are just a couple of things that can influence the result.
Who can issue an EEC
A certified assessor who can issue an EEC must be an architect, engineer or qualified technician who is authorized to undertake building projects and thermal installations for buildings. The individual will have completed a special government training course of Existing Building Energy Certification and be trained in software designed to issue the certificate (this is important as not all architects and engineers are certified). Below you´ll find out how Moraira Invest can help you to find the right certified individual.
How much does an EEC cost
In general the price of an EEC is worked out on the total floor area of the property, calculated in square meters. Below you´ll find out how much it will cost if you arranged for an EEC through Moraira Invest.
Can I sell my house without an EEC
No. This is absolutely impossible. The Notary will require seeing the original certificate when authorizing a buy / sale contract.
Local authorities have to implement the new law and at this moment it is not clear how quick and stringent they will act. But, in principle you can be fined if you cannot present an EEC. Proposed penalties can vary from 300 to 6000 euros.
How Moraira Invest can help you with an EEC
Moraira Invest can help you to obtain an EEC. We co-operate with an established firm of architects on the Costa Blanca. They work from Calpe to Denia. We are happy that we can offer you this service at a very good rate:
as of 80 euros (excl. IVA).
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 966 491 064.