1st Feb 2020 @ 6:00 am

Property experts are advising buyers to take the energy certificate that is a legal requirement of all property sales more seriously, and factor environmental issues into their considerations before buying.

Often seen as a bureaucratic inconvenience, energy certificates were introduced as part of a EU directive on sustainable housing.

However, the efficiency rating on the certificate reflects the likely running costs and environmental impact of the property, including how many kW of energy per sqm will be used and how many Kg, or often tonnes, of CO2 will be polluted by the house per year.

Owners are also being advised that improvements which increase a property’s efficiency will become increasingly important in tomorrow’s market.