Are you the owner of a house or building classified as F or G on the energy performance diagnosis (DPE) and are you planning to sell soon? From 1 April 2023, you will have to provide an energy audit to the buyer. This document aims to offer greater transparency to the potential buyer by providing a detailed statement of the property’s energy performance. It goes much further than the DPE by proposing concrete actions to improve the property’s energy performance with several scenarios of work to achieve this as well as an estimate of the energy savings that can be made after the work.
This new obligation applies to properties classified as F or G in the DPE, also known as “thermal flats”. But not all! Only individual houses and single property buildings are affected in the first instance. Is your home rated E or D? Don’t rejoice too quickly, you won’t escape. It is planned that the scheme will gradually be extended to these houses.
You can conduct your audit by a professional diagnostician or an energy auditor recognized as an environmental guarantor.
The energy audit represents an important financial issue for the owner. The owner will have to take into account the energy label obtained and the estimated cost of the work to set the price if he wants to sell his property quickly. As you can see, a low energy label also means a lower selling price. And it all rests on the shoulders of one man! Fortunately, there are safeguards. For example, the auditor cannot subcontract or carry the audit remotely based solely on documents and photos. They must visit the building and carry out a thorough analysis of building. Construction methods, architectural and thermal characteristics, energy consumption, etc. The auditor must take many elements into account before recommending work scenarios. An energy audit is not something that can be done in a few minutes!