What is a property's energy-efficiency certificate?
An energy certificate takes into account a property's construction materials, insulation & ventilation, heating & cooling systems, doors & windows (e.g. double glazing) and solar positioning/exposure. A qualified architect or engineer must visit the property to assess these aspects and calculate its thermal efficiency, to submit to ADENE (the government energy agency) who then issue a certificate which grades the property from A+ (top) to G (lowest).
Buildings with a construction license issued prior to 2006 must have an energy certificate but are not required to meet any particular grade. Buildings with a construction license issued after 4 July 2006 must meet the standards of grade B or above. If a property is rated grade A or A+ this can translate into savings on your IMI or IRS taxes.
It is the responsibility of the vendor to provide an energy-efficiency certificate for the property. If you are a vendor, please contact us for more information about how to obtain an energy certificate and its costs (which vary according to the size of property)