Since 2013 it has been common knowledge that it is compulsory to have an energy efficiency certificate in order to rent or sell a property.
On 3 June, due to the need to adapt the regulations to the objectives set out in the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan 2021-2030, the government established a new Royal Decree that repeals the previous one.
At WeRelocate BCN we explain the main changes to be aware of with the new Royal Decree 390/2021, concerning the certification procedure of the energy efficiency of buildings.
8 years after the old Royal Decree 235 of 2013 came into effect, it became necessary to update the current regulations, with the aim of modifying the databases for energy certificate registration and creating associated financial incentives to improve energy efficiency.
Among the most significant changes included in this new law are:
➔ Extension of the obligation to present the energy certificate, not only for regular homes and premises but any building with a total useable surface area greater than 500 m² and intended for other uses: schools, hospitals, offices, sports facilities and even holiday homes. In addition, buildings that have to pass the mandatory Technical Building Inspection will also have to have their energy certification.
➔ This mandatory publication of the energy certificate will not only be for owners but also for real estate agents.
➔ In order to guarantee a quality energy performance certificate, the appropriate technician will have to make an on-site visit and record the date of the visit.
➔ The validity will continue to be 10 years, except when the energy rating is G, in which case it will only be valid for 5 years.
All these changes are aimed at improving the image of the energy certificate and the understanding of this procedure by all citizens.