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On April 28, 2023, new regulations governing the issuance and requirements for energy performance certificates came into effect. 

The Energy Performance Certificate (SCE) is a document that provides information about the energy properties and energy efficiency of a building or residential unit. It is mandatory in some countries, including Poland, and serves as a fundamental informational tool for buyers, tenants, and users of buildings. 

The SCE is issued based on an energy assessment. This document provides information about the energy consumption of the building, allowing for a comparison of the energy efficiency of different properties. 

The energy certificate is valid for a specified period and is required for all newly constructed buildings, renovated buildings, or those involved in real estate transactions – sale or lease. Its goal is to promote construction with lower energy consumption and conscious management of resources. 


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According to the amendment to the Energy Performance of Buildings Act of October 7, 2022, aligning Polish law with the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD – 2002/91/EC), an energy certificate is required for every house, apartment, service premises, or warehouse intended for sale, lease, or personal use. 

Yes, for existing buildings, the energy certificate (SCE) needs to be prepared only when the building is the subject of sale or lease. 

Buildings exempted from the obligation to prepare energy certificates include:

  1. Buildings protected under heritage protection laws and care for monuments.
  2. Buildings used for worship and religious activities.
  3. Industrial and economic buildings without energy-consuming installations, excluding built-in lighting installations.
  4. Residential buildings intended for use for no more than 4 months a year.
  5. Stand-alone buildings with a usable area below 50 m2.
  6. Agricultural holdings with an EP (Energy Performance) indicator for the annual calculated demand for non-renewable primary energy not exceeding 50 kWh/(m2·year).

The lack of an Energy Performance Certificate (SCE) is subject to a fine, and it also prevents the execution of real estate-related agreements. 

A notary, when dealing with occasional rental or property sales without an Energy Performance Certificate, is required to impose a fine starting at 2000 PLN without an upper limit. Additionally, the notary may request the submission of the document at a later date, regardless of the imposed fine. 

A landlord without an Energy Performance Certificate exposes themselves to the possibility of having the lease agreement challenged by the tenant due to a lack of information about the costs of property use. 

To prepare an energy performance certificate, a person registered in the list of individuals authorized to issue energy performance certificates is required. 

The cost depends largely on the following factors: 

  • Type of premises/building, 
  • Size of premises/building. 

The cost of preparing the energy certificate includes: 

  • Documentation development, 
  • Further consultations after issuing the certificate. 
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Contact 

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Conversation 

The second step is to understand the client’s needs and propose conditions 

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Cooperation 

The third step is to establish cooperation and start activities 


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HOW LONG IS THE ENERGY CERTIFICATE VALID? 

The issued energy certificate is valid for 10 years from the moment of its creation or until thermal modernization changes are introduced to the building. 

IN WHAT FORM IS THE ENERGY CERTIFICATE PREPARED? 

The certificate is produced in both electronic and identical printed versions, sent to the contracting party’s address, following the template outlined in the Regulation of the Minister of Infrastructure and Development. 

WHO MUST PLACE A COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE IN A VISIBLE PLACE? 

The obligation to place a copy of the certificate in a visible place applies to buildings: 

  • with a usable area exceeding 500 m2, where services are provided to the public (shopping malls, stations, etc.), if the certificate is already prepared; 
  • whose usable area occupied by the judiciary, prosecution, and public administration bodies exceeds 250 m2 and where services to clients are provided. 

DO ENERGY CERTIFICATES NEED TO BE UPDATED FOR BUILDINGS BUILT BEFORE THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW AMENDMENT?

According to the law from October 7, 2022, energy performance certificates submitted before the effective date of the law remain valid for the period they were prepared.

IS THE ENERGY CERTIFICATE PREPARED FOR A BUILDING OR A UNIT?

When the subject of the sale or lease agreement is a building, the certificate is prepared for the building. However, when the subject of the agreement is a unit, the certificate must be prepared for the unit. 

For new buildings from April 28, 2023, the investor is obliged to attach the energy performance certificate of the building to the notification of the completion of the construction or to the application for a permit for use. 

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