November 2023

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC): all You need to know

In a world increasingly focused on sustainability and energy efficiency, understanding the energy characteristics of a property is fundamental. This is not only to comply with current regulations but also to gain clarity on the potential energy savings and sustainability of a property. This is where the Energy Performance Certificate, better known as EPC, comes into play.

What information does the EPC contain and who issues it?

The EPC is much more than just a letter assigned to a property. It provides:
1. Energy rating: indicates how much energy the property consumes in relation to its size, classifying it from A+ (very efficient) to G (inefficient).
2. Details on energy consumption: in addition to the energy class, the energy consumption of the property and annual greenhouse gas emissions are reported.
3. Suggestions for improvement: the EPC can include tips on how to improve the energy efficiency of the property.
4. Details on installations: in some cases, the EPC can provide detailed information about the systems present in the property.

To ensure reliability and accuracy, the EPC can only be prepared by qualified professionals who are registered in specific registers.

When is it mandatory to present the EPC?

The presentation of the EPC is essential in many circumstances, including:
1. Selling: when selling a property, whether privately or through a real estate agency, it is mandatory to provide the buyer with a copy of the EPC.
2. Rental: even in the case of a rental, the landlord must provide the future tenant with the energy performance certificate.
3. Construction: for every new building constructed, before being able to sell, rent, or even inhabit it, obtaining the EPC is necessary.
4. Donation: if You are donating a property, whether to a family member or a third party, it is mandatory to attach the energy performance certificate to the notarial deed.
5. Renovation: for certain construction and renovation projects that affect more than 25% of the surface of a property, the EPC is required.

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