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Countdown to Spain's Energy Conformance Certificate

Tue 28th May 2013
Countdown to Spain's Energy Conformance Certificate

This coming Saturday – the 1st of June – marks the date whereby all properties for sale or rent in Spain must be issued with the appropriate corresponding Energy Conformance Certificate – "Certificado de Eficiencia Energética".

One notable exception being properties under 50 sq mt in area.

The measures, laid down in the "Certification for Energy in Existing Buildings" Royal Decree on 05.04.2013 are part of Spain's response to the Kyoto Protocol, with an aim of reducing the country's CO2 emissions by 20% before the end of the decade.

* An EEC is also not required for existing long term tenants, only if the tenancy changes after 1st June 2013.

Jobs for the boys ?

However, an Electrician can not issue an ECC, and this can only be done by certified assessor, who may be an Architect, Engineer, or a Qualified technician who is authorised to undertake building projects and thermal installations for buildings. The individual will have completed a special government training course on Existing Building Energy Certification, and be trained in the software designed to issue the certificate.

Head in the Sand ?

With Spain taking over a decade to react to the implementation of the scheme many householders are sceptical that the ECC will be rigorously enforced by the authorities, and adopting a ‘wait and see' approach.

Penalties ?

Probably the vaguest are of the Royal Decree, which notes that penalties may be awarded in the following way :

- A financial penalty implemented by a government authority

- A contract of sale being declared invalid

- A vendor being forced to compensate the buyer due to a lack of provided information

Financial penalties can vary from between 300 to 6'000 Euros depending on the exact nature of the infraction, however, if the offender has been found to have profited from the act of non-compliance it could be much higher.

Recommended Reading

How to Guide : Spain's Energy Efficiency Certificate

News : Royal Decree Clarifies Spain's Energy Efficiency Cerfificate

ECC : The Electrician's Perspective

ECC : The Lawyer's Perspective

ECC : The Surveyor's Perspective

Comment on this Story

Peter : Quite rightly, you have picked up on the "Jobs for the Boys ?" header above. Hopefully you noted that this was intended as an open question as opposed to a statement of fact.
Tumbit - Admin - Mon, 3rd Jun 2013
Jobs for the boys? Not strictly correct If you have a qualification as an energy assessor in an EU country that certificate can be produced to the authorities in Spain for recognition and then you can then operate under licence. This comes directly from. Robert Nuij Policy Officer of European Commission Directorate General for Energy. More info here... So don't be fooled into paying over the top prices by these assessor's making you believe its a closed shop
Peter Rastall - Fri, 31st May 2013

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