The energy performance certificate (EPC)

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Friday 10 September 2021

What is the EPC?

If a building is being constructed or renovated, or if technical installations for the comfort of people such as ventilation, heating, lighting or lifts are being installed/replaced, this must be done efficiently. The cost of energy is only increasing.

To reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, the Brussels-Capital Region has adopted the ordinance of 7 June 2007 relative to the energy performance certificate (EPC) and the indoor climate of buildings. Since 1/1/2015, it is replaced by the ordinance of 2 May 2013 relating to the Brussels code for air, climate, and energy control "COBRACE".

The EPC regulation includes 3 branches :

  1. the "EPC technical installations" component: technical installations in a property are important for energy savings. In order to guarantee the energy performance of heating or air-conditioning systems, certain requirements and various control procedures must be respected. These provisions are covered by the following two regulations: for any centralised heating (FR)  or air-conditioning installation.
  2. the "EPC works" component: when a construction or renovation is subject to a planning permit, your property must meet the EPC requirements with the aim of achieving a high-energy performance as well as a healthy interior climate.
  3. the "EPC certification" component: rental applicants and owners may compare properties in terms of their energy performance, whether this concerns accommodation or office areas for sale or rental, thanks to the presentation of an "EPC certificate" expressing its energy performance. Note: Pubic organisations must display a "public building EPC certificate" at the entrance to their building during a property transaction.

More info

    • The different stages of the procedure and the responsibilities are explained in the vademecum on EPC works 2015 developed by Environment Brussels (FR)
    • The ARIB (Architects in Brussels) and the CERAA, in collaboration with Environment Brussels, presents a short video (FR) illustrating the regulatory evolutions in the matter.

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