What is an Italian Energy Performance Certificate?
If you are purchasing a property in Italy, an Italian Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) – Attestato di Prestazione Energetica (APE) is an essential document.
In Italy, only an accredited engineer or surveyor can issue an EPC. As well as describing various aspects of the property such as its dimensions, condition and age, an EPC estimates energy costs for an average household. For instance, costs for lighting, heating and hot water.
An EPC provides an assessment of energy efficiency on a scale ranging from A to G. Category A is the most efficient and G is the least efficient.
Is an Italian Energy Performance Certificate mandatory?
Italian law made EPCs mandatory in 2013.
An EPC helps inform the sale or purchase price of an Italian property.
When buying a property in Italy, we highly recommend that you ask to see its EPC as part of your due diligence. You should see the EPC before you sign a deed of sale.
An EPC is valid for 10 years and the onus is on the seller or landlord to provide a potential tenant or buyer with an EPC.
How do you get an EPC in Italy?
In order to obtain an EPC, you need to engage a technician accredited by the relevant Italian Regional authorities. By law, only accredited technicians can issue an EPC certificate in Italy.
In order to issue an Italian EPC, the technician performs a site inspection of the property to assess it. The technician evaluates heat transfer and the health and safety of indoor environments.
Following a thorough analysis, the professional determines which category the property falls into and enters this on an EPC form. The EPC is then delivered to the new owner or tenant of the property.
Do I need an EPC to rent or buy an Italian property?
When buying or renting a property, it is important to view its EPC so that you can budget for heating and power. This way you can estimate future costs of your utility bills.
You may also be interested in Certificate of Habitability (certificato di abitabilità).
You may like to watch our useful info videos about buying a property in Italy.