European Certification

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The Energy Performance of Buildings
Directive (EPBD, Directive 2010/31/EU)
aims to steer the building sector towards
ambitious energy efficiency standards and
increased use of renewable energy
sources. The Energy Performance
Certificate (EPC) plays a key role in this
process, as it informs potential tenants
and buyers about the energy performance
of a building unit (e.g., an apartment or
office) or of an entire building, and allows
for comparison of buildings and building
units in terms of energy efficiency

Requirements of advertising
and the role of real estate agents

The publication of EPC the Energy Performance
Certificate  indicators in
advertisements is crucial for making a
building’s energy performance visible. The
Member States’ legal frameworks require the
publication of selected EPC information,
while also specifying how this information
has to be published, for example in the
form of the specific energy class (e.g., A,
B), or numerical values (e.g., kWh/m².year
or CO2 emissions). Some countries allow
several options, and the majority requires
the building’s energy class.
In practice, there is still room for
 Experiences suggest that mandatory
publication must be combined with
clear and proportionate sanctions that
can and must be enforced, in order to
achieve a substantial increase in
publication of energy indicators and
subsequent market impact. This
systematic compliance check is not
consistently enforced in the majority of
Member States and needs serious improvement.

Display of the EPC is important for
creating awareness of energy efficiency:
buildings occupied by public authorities
and frequently visited by the public must
display their EPC, as must other buildings
frequently visited by the public for which
an EPC should have been issued.


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