Last updated on 28 May 2021
No, but the EPB certificate will help you compare the energy performance of properties you are considering buying or renting.
The EPB certificate assesses the Energy Performance of Buildings (EPB), under standard conditions of use and climate. It allows prospective buyers or renters of a property to view its energy performance and to compare it with other properties.
The EPB certificate assigns a score to the dwelling or office concerned in the form of a letter:
These letters correspond to standardised consumption. This is calculated by a software programme, based on technical information collected during the visit by the certifier.
The consumption shown on the certificate is theoretical. Its purposes is to help compare the energy performance of different properties under standard conditions.
The big advantage is that the certificate provides a result that does not take account of the behaviour of previous occupants or of an exceptional climatic year. It is therefore more reliable than, for example, consulting the energy bills of the previous occupants of the premises.
It depends on your habits:
On the other hand, it will help you to:
Since 1 January 2015, in the Brussels Region, advertisements for the sale and rental of real estate must mention its energy performance. The EPB certificate must therefore be available when a building is put up for sale or rent.
The EPB certificate is valid for 10 years provided that Brussels Environment has not invalidated it following work that has altered the energy performance of the property.
|Please note that the wording 'EPB in progress' or 'awaiting EPB' on the advertisement is not acceptable and is considered as a clear failure of communication. Moreover, sanctions are provided for each advertisement published without reference to the EPB certificate.|
Brussels' buildings are among the most energy-intensive in Europe, as they were mainly built in the 1960s. One-third of buildings are not insulated at all. RENOLUTION, the Brussels-Capital Region's Renovation Strategy, aims to accelerate the rate of building renovation.
What is the goal? An average EPB level of C+ for Brussels buildings, i.e. an average consumption of 100 kWh/m² per year.
|Please note that not all dwellings will have to achieve the same EPB level. For example, this would be impossible for certain listed monuments.|
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