Spanish housing fails the energy efficiency test, with the majority of homes getting D & E grades in the new EU rating system.
The majority of Spanish homes fail the energy efficiency test that measures how well they use energy and avoid carbon emissions, according to a survey of owners, and analysis of 5,000 certificates by Alquiler Seguro, a rental agency that also provide energy certificates for landlords.
Though EU-wide energy certificates were introduced in June for all owners who whish to sell or rent their homes, they have been widely ignored so far outside Barcelona and Madrid.
The certifienergy efficiency on a scale from A (best) to E (worst), and typically cost a few hundred Euros from a certified professional based on an inspection.
55pc of homes received an E grade, followed by 29pc with a D. If you count D & E grades as a fail, then 84pc of Spanish homes fail the energy efficiency test. Just 0.16pc of homes got a B grade, and 0.49pc an A, so less than 1pc got an A or B.
This is not a big surprise. Many old homes in Spain are poorly insulated, whilst the quality of construction of new homes built during the boom was lacking, as you would expect in period driven by speculation. Luckily, the pleasant climate on the coast means that poor insulation isn’t perceived as a big problem. Noise is a different story.
Most of the owners surveyed see the energy certificate as first and foremost a way for the Government to raise money, even though it has been imposed by the EU. Few landlords see it as an advantage for attracting tenants, who care far more about rental prices and locations.
Survey respondents were also critical of the hassle involved in getting a certificate, with a different bureaucratic process in each of Spain’s seventeen autonomous regions.