All real estate transactions in Luxembourg require the production of an Energy Performance Certificate (CPE) or energy passport attesting to the energy quality of a property.
In case of sale of a dwelling, the seller must provide the buyer with an energy passport proving its energy performance.
When is an EPC mandatory?
The Energy Performance Certificate is mandatory since the Grand-Ducal regulation of November 30, 2007. It is required for the sale, transformation, extension or construction of a dwelling. Even in the case of rental, the owner must provide the Energy Performance Certificate to his tenant.
The EPC is valid for 10 years and is transferred from owner to owner.
In the event of renovation and improvement work affecting the energy performance of the building, it is nevertheless advisable to carry out a new energy passport which will be very useful in the event of resale of the property. The value of your property depends on it. The PBS is for information purposes only. Regardless of the calculated energy performance of a building, there is no obligation to renovate the property to improve its energy performance. Nevertheless, the Luxembourg government provides financial aid for home renovation, particularly for energy efficiency improvements.
The EPC calculates the energy performance of a building
The Energy Performance Certificate is more commonly known as an energy passport. Carried out by certified professionals, the EPC defines the energy consumption of a building or home according to very precise standards. Established on 5 pages, it determines 3 main elements:
the primary energy expenditure index calculated by the energy performance class
the thermal insulation class corresponding to the heating requirement index of the house
CO2 emissions as reflected by the energy performance class.
Each classification is graded from A to I.
The A grade is the best grade and corresponds to the so-called passive houses, the B grade is the grade given to low-energy houses and the C grade to energy-efficient houses. Class I is the lowest class.