Energetic Renovations

Energetic renovations are most likely necessary after buying a property in Portugal, especially if it’s older. In this article we walk you through energy laws in the country and how to better go about your energetic renovations. 


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Energetic renovations in Portugal

The European Parliament has agreed that homeowners should make energy-efficient renovations to their homes. All structures with the poorest energy efficiency must be renovated by 2030. As a result, residential structures must be updated to energy efficiency standard D by 2033 and standard E by 2030. In the EU, this has an overall impact on 15% of all buildings. 

Energy Efficiency Directive

Public buildings will be subject to the emission-free requirement starting in 2030 and for all new construction starting in 2027. By 2027, vacant buildings must be renovated to energy efficiency standard E, and by 2033 at the latest, to standard D. 

From 2028, all new construction must have solar systems, assuming it is technically and financially feasible.

Energy certifications

By 2025, all energy certifications for buildings must be rated on a standard scale from A (highest energy efficiency) to G (lowest energy efficiency) in order to define their energy efficiency class. Also, the requirement to present an energy certificate will be increased: Future major renovations, rental contract extensions, and planned building sales will all require the energy efficiency class to be determined and declared. Therefore, ads for sale or rent must include include the energy efficiency class.

What does this imply for a property in Portugal?

There is now no pressing need for individual families to take action because the EU Commission’s recommendations are legislative suggestions. The guidelines will also be incorporated into the member states’ national climate strategies.

As a result, it’s still impossible to say with certainty which rules will be in effect in Portugal. Furthermore, it is yet unclear what costs will be associated with the clean-up responsibility and how these are to be specifically handled. The EU Commission has, however, requested that member nations “develop relevant tools for low-income households” and incorporate them within the regulations for public and private finance.

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In Portugal, how is the energy certificate currently determined?

The “certificado energético” is a report that rates a building’s energy efficiency on a scale of A+ (extremely efficient) to F (not very efficient). It is produced by accredited professionals who have been approved by the Agência para an Energia (ADENE).

It includes details of the building’s structural qualities as well as the amount of energy used for various purposes, including producing hot water and heating and cooling the home. It also includes efficiency-improving measures like installing double glazing, better insulation, or more effective equipment to cut usage. The type of certificate and the building determine the document’s validity duration.

  • 10 years for residential structures, small businesses, and service structures
  • Eight years for major commercial and service buildings, and they need to be renewed at the end of that time.
What does this indicate for future real estate purchases?

The Energy Performance Certificate must be presented in Portugal if you want to sell a home. It is also mandatory to display the property’s rating when it is advertised. But frequently, the new energy certificate is not obtained until there is a potential buyer for the property. The buyer now has two options for adjusting to the increased energy efficiency requirements:

  • You only choose homes that already have the corresponding rating, preventing the need for additional renovations.
  • Before submitting your initial offer, you obtain a quote for the required energy upgrades, and you include them in the offer you wish to submit for the house. Pearls of Portugal helps you to find the right expert.
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How can I do energetic renovations for my existing property in Portugal?

An energy refurbishment is a great investment. But from the beginning, you should keep an eye on the costs. There is no universal response to the question of how much an energy-related renovation will cost.

The main options for energetic renovations in Portugal are much the same as those in other countries:

A solar thermal system

Solar thermal energy can be used for both heating and hot water.

Solar protection and facade insulation

By insulating the facade, you can lower the building’s heat loss and keep it from overheating in the summer. The structure’s exterior often receives insulation, but the interior of the building can also be used to insulate the walls.

Installing a solar energy system

Solar energy is converted into electricity using photovoltaic systems. In addition, a solar energy storage system makes sure that solar energy produced during the day may be used, for instance, at night.

Insulation of the roof

The insulation for a roof is is usually put in between, above, or below the current supporting framework. The insulation layer is placed in a variety of methods to the supporting structure in the case of a flat roof.

Basement ceiling insulation

Insulation for the basement ceiling might come from above or below. You may, for instance, install the insulation layer beneath the floor covering of the living space above while insulating from above. The insulation boards are fastened to the basement ceiling when insulate from below.

Window replacement and sun protection

In most instances, window systems with premium double glazing already satisfy the standards. Using outside shades and awnings as sun protection measures enhances summer thermal insulation.

Ventilation system installation or replacement

A ventilation system lessens moisture and odors, stops the growth of mold, and enhances the indoor environment. Systems with heat recovery are especially effective in conserving energy.

System upgrade for heating

When a heating system is paired with a solar system for heating support and hot water preparation, a significant quantity of energy is saved.

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