The energy certificate is mandatory by law since 2013 for any building when it is put up for sale or rent.
The energy certificate is a document that assesses the energy efficiency of the property. This effectiveness is translated in a scale from A + (very efficient) to F (inefficient).
By whom is it performed?
Energy certification is carried out by technicians authorized by the energy agency.
At the time of the assessment, the technician can make recommendations for improving the energy efficiency of the property but there is no obligation to carry out the improvement, they are only proposals.
What determines the class?
The energy class is determined by several factors, including:
– housing area
-constitution of walls, roofs and floors
– air conditioning, ventilation, cooling and heating equipment
-equipments associated with the production of hot water
How to make the certificate?
- First of all you should look for qualified technicians / experts in your area of residence, through the website https://www.sce.pt/pesquisa-de-tecnicos/
- Secondly, you must gather documentation such as a copy of the property plan, building booklet, housing technical sheet and certificate of registration of the property at the conservatory.
- Finally, the professionals visit the property to collect data.
What is the price of the certificate?
The price varies according to the characteristics of the property and the expert who will choose to proceed with the evaluation of the property.
How long is the certificate valid for?
The energy certificate is not for life, it is valid for 10 years for small commercial and service buildings. In the case of large buildings, the validity period is 6 years (if issued until 04/30/2015) or 8 years (if issued after 04/30/2015)
Fines in case of non-compliance?
Non-performing individuals are subject to a fine of 250 to 3740 euros.
Non-performing companies are subject to a fine of 2500 to 44 890 euros.
More questions and answers on the official website: https://www.sce.pt/perguntas-frequentes/
The better the energy rating of the house, the higher its selling price may be, as a better energy certificate means greater energy savings and significantly reduced costs, resulting in a good future investment.