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Les nouvelles lois espagnoles sur l'immobilier : Comprendre le certificat de performance énergétique

As you might have heard, there is new legislation compulsory for owners that want to sell or rent their Properties.

To comply with European legislation, the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for all villas, apartments, townhouses and commercial premises has to come into force this year 2013 in Spain. The Royal Decree establishing this new obligation has been approved and comes into effect on 1st June 2013.

This energy labeling system has been introduced to measure the overall energy efficiency of buildings. The higher the rating, the more energy-efficient the building is.

Who needs an EPC?

The EPC is compulsory for owners who want to sell or rent their properties.
If you are selling or leasing out your property, you must personally (or through your lawyer) order an EPC for potential buyers and tenants before you market your property. Bear in mind that an EPC will be also required by the Notary on completion of a sale.

EXEMPTION: For those whose property is used less than 4 months per year or its electricity consumption is below 25% of full time normal yearly occupancy, click on: Statement of Responsibility to download the form for you to duly fill out and sign and return to us scanned via e-mail to [email protected] or fax to +34 952 822 111 at your earliest convenience.
(In case you do not have your property Registry Details at hand, send us the signed copy and we will fill those areas in on your behalf)

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)

How do I get an EPC?

The certificate will be issued by technicians who are qualified by Law on building regulations. You can only get an EPC from an accredited energy technician who will visit your property to complete the energy assessment.

How long is valid an EPC?

Once inspected, the resultant certificate will remain valid for 10 years, at the end of which time it may need to be renewed.

A copy of an EPC will be required duly registered before the competent authority appointed by each Autonomous Community for control and supervision purposes.

Benefits of an EPC

Promoting energy efficiency in buildings is aimed at achieving a reduction in overall energy consumption of fossil fuels, with a subsequent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and in the country’s energy dependence, as well as, in the medium term, saving money for many families.

In the long term, the energy certification of buildings could also be used by local and central governments to regulate the various taxes, tax incentives, grants, etc., related to the purchase or lease of properties, rewarding more efficient buildings.


You should expect to pay approximately from €220 + VAT for a 120 m2 apartment and around €450 plus VAT for a 400 m2 villa. For larger properties an estimate will be given.
Note: that these prices may vary according to characteristics of the property itself.

PANORAMA recommends the following professionals that will be able to provide the certificates:

Guadalupe Cruz-Conde Lleó
[email protected]
+34 686 259 120

María Jesús Fernández Cebrián
[email protected]
Tel: +34 620 904 619

José Manuel Aranda Sánchez
[email protected]
+34 607 544 500

Alberto Diaz Hermidas
[email protected]
+34 660 409 080

Juan Carlos Menéndez – ELECTRODECOR SA
[email protected]
+34 952 772 750

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