Energy performance certificate
The energy performance certificate gives a clear overview of the energy efficiency of your building. This allows you to compare the energy usage and energy efficiency with other buildings.
Since May 2014 buyers and tenants of real estate are required to get a copy of the energy performance certificate (Energy Saving Regulation (EnEV) 2014).
Differences between energy certificates
1. Energy performance certificate based on need
The energy performance certificate based on need is obligatory for buildings, which have less than five dwellings and for which the building application has been filed before the 01.11.1977 (see § 17 (2) Energy Saving Regulation (EnEV) 2009). The energy performance certificate based on need is related to the energy quality of the building elements and the installation engineering.
2. Energy performance certificate based on consumption
For buildings with more than four apartments you can choose between the energy performance certificate based on need or consumption. The energy performance certificate based on consumption is determined by the average energy consumption of the last three years.
Generally the energy performance certificate based on need is the more complex and significant variant. Energy performance certificates are valid for ten years.
Benefits for sellers / landlords
- Better orientation in terms of energy consumption
- Better energy comparability and market-driven estimation of real estates
- Bargaining power in terms of the purchasing- and rental pricing
- Clearness and conformity between the leaser, buyer and tenant
- Increased attractiveness of the real estate