EPC for the communal parts of an apartment building

12 July 2019

Currently, the EPC (or Energy Performance certificate) is mandatory at the sale or rent of an apartment or house. From 2022 on, an EPC for the communal parts of apartment buildings situated in Flanders must be provided. It will be possible to obtain such a certificate from 2020 on.

Energy requirements

Information on the state of for example the roof, the façade, floors and collective installation in the building will be included in the EPC… Data on the solar energy installation can be included, if present.

The EPC aims to raise awareness among the Association of co-owners about the necessary steps to be taken in order to comply with the required energy requirements.

The EPC of the communal parts will also be of interest to the prospective buyer of an apartment to know, for example, whether the roof is already sufficiently insulated and whether there will be renovation costs in the near future.

Moreover, the EPC of the common parts will be the base for the EPC of the apartments in the building.

What will the certificate of the communal parts look like?

A type A energy expert draws up the certificate. The EPC is valid for 10 years. In case of any energy efficient renovation, the certificate needs to be updated.

To avoid any confusion, the EPC of the communal parts will have a label as the new certificate of apartments/buildings do (going from A: very energy efficient to F: not energy efficient).

The EPC of the communal parts will contain information concerning the energetic state of the building. Colored bars and symbols show the energetic performance of each part of the building. Moreover, the certificate contains recommendations on how to improve the energy efficiency of the building. In contrary to the EPC of private units, the EPC of the communal parts won’t include any recommended price setting.

New constructions

Newly constructed apartment buildings will only be required to get an EPC 10 years after obtaining the building permit.

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