Energy efficiency certification for buildings: What does it involve?

A major part of our energy consumption goes on the use, comfort and services of our buildings. One of the key elements in the European Union’s policy is its interest in rationalising energy expense, which since the start of the millennium has been focusing on reducing energy dependence deriving from consumption in buildings, promoting the creation of mechanisms for Energy Efficiency Certification in Buildings (C3E).

Spain has recently published the Royal Decree opening the gates to this certification’s activation. What does this Royal Decree mean? An opportunity to learn about energy consumption in our homes? Greater awareness among citizens of energy consumption? Or is it just a tax we have to pay? In this first article about C3E we will try to give answers to these questions.

Ten years after the publication of the 2002/91/CE European Directive on energy efficiency in buildings (rescinded by the 2010/31/EU, 19th May Directive), it was transposed into Spanish law by means of the 5th April Royal Decree 235/2013 approving the basic procedure for certifying energy efficiency in buildings, both existing ones and new builds (annulling the 19th January RD 47/2007).

Article published in: FuturENERGY June 2013