Building Energy Performance Certificates

Last updated: 5 November 2017
Since 2007 building owners are required to provide an energy performance certificate for their buildings. This measure, introduced in connection with the Energy Service Directive (2006/32/EC) was amended in 2012. The energy performance certificate must be presented whenever a building is sold or leased. A certificate can only be obtained after on-premises inspection by an authorized expert.
In buildings frequented by the public, the certificate has to be disposed in a visible place. The lay-out of the certificates were changed as of January 2014, when a system of grading from A to G was introduced. Recommendations for improving the buildings energy performance may be added to the certificate, but there is no obligation for the owner to carry out measures suggested. The supervisory authority for energy performance certificates is the National Board for Housing, Building, and Planning. Energy performance certificates are valid for ten years.

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