Spain introduces mandatory EPC rating for home owners
The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will become mandatory for Spanish properties that are for sale or rent from the 1 June 2013.
The purpose of the Energy Performance Certificate, also known in Spain as the Certificado de Eficiencia Energetica (CEE), is to ensure that homes are able to run more efficiently and in turn reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This stems from the Kyoto Agreement, which is a worldwide treaty in which the participating countries will do their best to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Each property will be tested and scored on a scale ranging from A to G, with ‘A' being extremely efficient and ‘G' being particularly inefficient.
An EPC certificate will be mandatory for all properties that are for sale or rent after 1 June, and owners have up until one week after its introduction to apply. Failure to do so can result in a fine.
The outcome of the test will not require the owner to change anything (although it is encouraged) within the property. However, if changes should be made they will often allow the owner to save money in the long term, as well as increase the attractiveness of their property to future renters or buyers.
For more information on how EPC affects buying, renting and selling a property in Spain, please read 'Understanding EPC housing regulations in Spain'.