Energy performance certificate

Energy performance certificates are a tool for comparing the energy efficiency of buildings in situations involving sale and renting.

The energy performance certificate must be presented in the context of the sale or renting of an existing building or a part thereof (such as an apartment). The energy performance certificate is nevertheless always drawn up for the entire building, rather than an individual apartment.

Energy performance certificates are based on buildings’ properties and the energy consumption derived from them. Therefore, the only target of comparison is the building itself, not its current occupants. The class of energy efficiency indicated in the energy performance certificate is based on computed consumption; the realised energy consumption is indicated if it is known.

The conservation recommendations drawn up by a professional are an integral part of an energy performance certificate and help to improve the building’s energy efficiency.

An energy performance certificate is valid for 10 years as of the date on which it was issued.

What are energy performance certificates needed for?

Energy performance certificates for new buildings are drawn up during the building permit phase. Existing buildings need an energy performance certificate when apartments are being sold or rented, for example.

Where can I get an energy performance certificate?

In a housing company, the company is responsible for procuring the energy performance certificate, meaning that you can request the energy performance certificate from the building manager or the housing company’s board. Certificates are always prepared by persons qualified to prepare energy performance certificates.

You can check whether your housing company has been prepared an energy performance certificate since 1 May 2015 from the register of energy performance certificates. Certificates prepared before this are available from the housing company, building manager or the archives of the person who drew up the certificate.


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Page last updated 15.6.2017