The Energy Performance Certificate is the document that describes the energy characteristics of a building or a real estate unit. It is a control tool that summarizes the energy performance of buildings on a 10-letter scale (from A4 to G) and allows the comparison of the energy efficiency of different buildings.
The drafting of the APE is mandatory in cases of sale of real estate, leasing of buildings or single real estate units, real estate advertisements, buildings of new construction or undergoing major renovation, buildings used by the PA and open to the public with a usable area exceeding 500 square meters, heat management at the PA. Furthermore, the EPC is among the documents useful for obtaining the certificate of viability of a building.
The Energy Performance Certificate must be drawn up by a qualified energy certifier and filed with the regional land registry. The validity of the EPC is 10 years only if the regularity of the heating system is verified and must be updated on the occasion of any renovation or redevelopment that changes the energy class of the building or real estate unit for which it was drawn up.
The penalties for non-compliance with the obligation are contested by the Guardia di Finanza or by the Revenue Agency and involve high fines.