The implementation of Spain’s energy certificates has descended into chaos reports the Spanish press
Prices all over the place, lack of inspections, confusion: The introduction of Home Energy Certificates in Spain has been chaotic and consumers don’t really understand it, claims a recent article in El Pais.
Introduced years late under threat of fines from the EU, the energy certificate aims to bring Spain in line with EU regulations on energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions. The certificate has been used for several years in countries like the UK and Germany.
Issued by architects and other qualified personnel, the energy certificate grades homes on a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient), and recommend steps to make homes more energy efficient. Valid for a decade, and necessary to sell or rent a home in Spain, the certificate costs anything from thirty five to a few hundred Euros to get.
In three months since the introduction of energy certificates there have been just 168,000 buildings registered, 110,000 of them in Madrid and Catalonia. So basically, the introduction has been largely ignored in the rest of the country.
Each of Spain’s seventeen regions has it’s own energy certificate register, with different costs and procedures. In the region of Aragon the register isn’t even up and running yet. And in Andalusia, the online registration system isn’t working properly.
And when it comes to emitting the certificate, there are now plenty of stories of fraud, and A or B grades being awarded without even visiting the property.