Spain’s tax incentives for energy efficient buildings

TAX INCENTIVES: Help to improve a building’s energy efficiency.

THE Madrid Land Agent’s Association has suggested the government should provide tax incentives to energy efficient buildings.

These would include a reduction of the IBI, or property tax, and a discount on the personal income tax for the most energy efficient buildings.

It also proposed the creation of annual financing plans to allow residents’ associations to pay for the necessary work to make their building more efficient with a low interest rate.

The Madrid Land Agent’s Association considers having a single Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for a building, although not compulsory, is better as it gives access to grants by the Energy Saving and Diversification Institute (IDEA).

The IDEA currently has a grants program budgeted with €125 million to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies in houses.

Having an individual home energy certified is compulsory in order to sell or rent it, or if it has been recently refurbished.

An EPC doesn’t necessarily imply that a property is energy efficient, but it provides valuable information in order to improve this aspect.

Properties are rated from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient), and this rating could have an influence on the price of the property.

The more energy efficient it is, the more valuable in the market it would be.

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    • lis knight

      26 July 2014 • 14:02

      This would be very sensible, but I will not hold my breath as Solar energy use is likely to be taxed very soon, to enable the electricity firm to continue to price folks out of using it, when supplied through the grid . No business sense at all shown from the government or the power suppliers/producers. Solar energy in Spain, even a child can see it is the way forward. Mixed messages then all round, on the one hand offer grants for solar water heating, make it compulsory for all new build. But power your home from solar when the grid supply is also available, tax them!


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