Since 1 January 2017, all property owners have had to provide a CECB when selling their home. But don’t worry: below, we explain everything you need to know about this new label and what these changes mean for you.
CECB: a legal requirement since 1 January
On 24 August 2016, the Canton of Vaud State Council began to implement the new law introducing the CECB (standing for Certificat énergétique cantonal des bâtiments, or Cantonal Energy Certificate for Buildings).
For all property transactions taking place from 1 January 2017 onwards, sellers now have to provide a CECB certificate, which lasts for 10 years.
The experts will be kept busy by this change in the law, as it affects the entire real estate market in Vaud. Therefore we recommend contacting a CECB expert as soon as you can, to make sure you have your energy certificate ready for any prospective buyers.
You can do this by going to the official CECB website, which has all the answers to your questions and a list of experts who can help you: www.cecb.ch
A label that changes everything
The whole industry is talking about the CECB right now! Its main purpose is to cut the amount of energy needed to keep a building warm and provide hot water. As well as helping the environment, it’s also a useful tool for homebuyers and sellers because it gives them an idea of any improvements or renovations they will need to make. The CECB is designed to reduce a building’s energy costs in the future and estimate how much energy it will use, as well as making it a more comfortable place to live.
This certificate therefore brings more transparency to the Swiss real estate market, which will be welcomed by the rental and sales markets alike. It’s easy to see why the CECB is seen as the ideal way to ensure a future in which all buildings are energy-efficient.
For a greener future
It’s a fact: 1.5 million buildings in Switzerland require emergency improvements to their energy efficiency. Currently, only around 1% of properties in the country undergo such renovations every year, a percentage which clearly needs to be increased. That’s why various labels and certificates like MINERGIE (a registered quality label for new and refurbished low energy consumption buildings) and of course the CECB are needed. They pave the way for a greener future - with the added bonus of helping householders save money!
What exactly is the CECB?
The CECB is an energy efficiency certificate presented in a simple way that all homeowners can understand. An expert calculates the building’s energy consumption, based on typical use of its heating, hot water, lighting and other electrically powered systems. The CECB also awards homes (individual houses and apartment blocks) an energy efficiency rating ranging from A to G.
Modernise, plan and save money
The CECB is an important tool to help implement the canton’s energy policies, but it also offers other benefits. For instance, the expert assessor can use it to identify a building’s weak points. This makes it much easier for the owner to avoid unnecessary renovations, assess the potential for energy efficiency improvements to the building envelope (walls, roofs, doors, etc.) and plan any modernisation work needed. Similarly, because it classifies these measures by order of priority, the CECB also helps people to budget for their renovations.
Would you like more information on the subject? Do you have any other real estate questions? If so, our expert brokers will be more than happy to answer all your questions and offer some advice!
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