The following steps are necessary to obtain an energy efficiency certificate:
1) Obtain a quotation from a qualified quantity surveyor or technical architect.
Each autonomous community is obliged to maintain a record of registered professionals available to carry-out a survey – more information can be obtained on available professionals and the specific requirements including taxes payable at the autonomous community level.
The price for carrying-out a survey is not fixed and will vary from surveyor to surveyor, though you can expect to pay more for a survey of a large villa than a small apartment. It is worthwhile obtaining a number of quotations and considering closely what is included in the survey, since some will offer to carry-out the survey for free while charging for carrying-out the work recommended to increase the energy efficiency of the property.
2) Once the survey has been completed and the surveyor has generated the relevant report, the autonomous community must be notified to obtain a valid copy of the certificate. This may the payment of a tax which is determined at a regional level. By clicking on the link in 1) you can verify the amount of the tax in your region.
3) Once the relevant authority in the autonomous community has been notified and the tax, if any, has been paid, you will receive a copy of the certificate, within the specified period. The certificate is valid for a period of ten years.
Each autonomous community will create and maintain a registry that will show all of the properties that have been certified, with their corresponding rating and the registration number of the relevant certificate.
The home-seller or landlord will also be required to include the certification details in any publicity aimed at selling or renting the property – precise details of how to do so are unfortunately absent from the legislation – and be prepared to show the certificate itself at the time of the sale or rental of the property.