Architects and engineers will no longer have the exclusivity to issue energy certificates

MADRID, 4 Abr.

Architects and engineers will no longer have the exclusivity to issue energy certificates


Architects and engineers will in certain cases no longer have the exclusivity to issue energy certificates, a document that any owner who wants to rent or sell a home, office or premises needs to obtain.

This is reflected in the draft royal decree that modifies the regulations that regulate the basic procedure for the certification of the energy efficiency of buildings, which includes objective information on the energy characteristics of a property.

The National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC), at the request of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, has analyzed this project, qualifying as positive that this exclusivity disappears and is linked to the technical training of professionals.

The regulatory proposal also reviews the requirements that must be demanded of competent technicians to certify the energy efficiency of buildings and creates a Centralized Administrative Register of Competent Technicians in this matter.

The project distinguishes between two types of certificates, those of completed work, which may be signed by professionals in the fields of architecture and engineering and, as a novelty, those of other qualifications with complementary training; and those for projects, which can only continue to be signed by professionals in the branches of architecture and engineering.

However, the CNMC urges that this last exclusivity also be suppressed or that the reserve of activity for project energy certifications be duly justified.

Likewise, the regulator considers it positive that certain courses are validated in the event that the content has been passed in other training courses previously, although it recommends not restricting the obtaining of these degrees in certain centers or universities, but rather taking into account the credits completed in any degree or university.

It also believes it necessary to justify the necessity and proportionality of the requirement for continuous training of already registered competent technicians, on the basis of "overriding reasons of duly accredited general interest". In the absence of justification, he proposes its removal.