Energy Efficiency Diagnostic

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Energy Efficiency Diagnostic

Who must to obtain the Energy Efficiency Certification?

This is expression of energy efficiency for a building or part of a building, determined using an established methodology, and expressed with energy indicators in the energy efficiency ticket.
The energy efficiency rating scale goes from A (highest rating) to G (least favourable rating).


Where should the Energy Efficiency Certification for a property be registered?

The certificate must be presented before the Autonomous Community body responsible for building energy certification in order to register these certifications in the territory.
Registration is mandatory.


What properties are excluded from the Energy Efficiency Certification?

The following are excluded from the scope of application:

  • Buildings and monuments officially protected because they form part of a declared environment or as result of their specific architectural or historic value.
  • Buildings or parts of buildings used exclusively as cultural areas and for religious activities.
  • Provisional constructions with an expected usage duration of two or less years.
  • Industrial, defence or agricultural buildings, or parts thereof, which are to be used for workshops and industrial, defence and non-residential agricultural processes.
  • Isolated buildings or parts of buildings with a total surface area of less than 50 m2.
  • Buildings bought for major remodelling or demolition.

Existing housing buildings or parts thereof, which are in use for less than four months out of the year, or during a limited time of the year and with an expected energy consumption of below 25% of that which would result from year-round use, so long as this is recoded in a declaration of responsibility from the property's owner.


Is it mandatory to obtain the certification for hotels, rural homes or event spaces?

It is not mandatory  to obtain the energy efficiency certificate for hotel rooms, rooms in rural houses or event spaces, since in these cases a rental contract does not exist under the Urban Rentals Law.


Is it mandatory to obtain the Energy Efficiency Certification for a building's garages and storage areas?

No, since this is not considered "part of a building" according to the definition established in the 3rd Section of Article 1 of the Royal Decree, and furthermore, in accordance with the Technical Building Code, these are considered uninhabitable spaces.


Are unfurbished commercial spaces (rentals or sales) exempt from the energy efficiency certification?

Unfurbished premises are those not subject to qualification.
In these cases, the seller will not be bound to certify energy efficiency. When the space has been adapted and the corresponding construction and activity project has been carried out, request should then be made since it is a new construction.


When selling a unit in a block, should the original certification be provided?

Yes, when a unit or part of a housing block is sold, it is possible, under this legislation, to make use of: 
  • Energy Efficiency Certificate for the unit or part of the building. 
  • Energy Efficiency Certificate for the entire building. This certificate will contain the registry reference for the entire building, and delivery with a copy of the certificate will be sufficient.


Are there penalties for non-compliance with the Energy Efficiency Certification?

Yes, Urban Rehabilitation, Regeneration and Renewal Act 8/2013 of June 26th, establishes in its additional third and fourth provisions the infractions and penalties regarding building energy certification.
Minor infringements, with fines from €300 to €600, include:
  • Making public the sale or rental of properties without mentioning their energy efficiency rating.
  • Not showing the energy efficiency ticket in the instances for which it is obligatory.
Among serious infractions with fines of between €601 and €1,000 are included:
  • Property sale or rental in which the seller or renter fails to deliver the certificate of energy efficiency to the buyer or renter.
  • Failure to comply with presenting the certificate of energy efficiency before the competent body of the Autonomous Community for registration.
Very serious infractions with fines of between €1,001 and €6,000 would be, for example:
  • Falsify information in the issuance or registration of certificates of energy efficiency.
  • Publicize the rental or sale of properties with a rating not backed by the corresponding certificate.
  • Act as a certifying technician without gathering the legally required requisites.