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Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business - Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper. Born a "Norverner", she then spent most of her life "Dann Saff" before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle's loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine - although not necessarily in that order.


  1. Mark Millar
    February 18, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

    Probably not before time, but like many things it has not been thought through. Most Spanish homes have either no, or very little insulation. Traditional building practices have not considered it necessary. Even more recent builds are just block walls under a concrete roof and have, at most 20mm or so of sprayed foam in the cavity and a little more in the roof space, usually just below the tiles so ignoring the loft area completely.


    • Elle
      February 18, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

      Exactly – these certificates won’t be issued automatically…so that €250 – €300 bill might be the least of a property owner’s worries!!
      Nice to hear from you again Mark – always a pleasure! xx


      • Mark Millar
        February 19, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

        Hi Elle,

        Likewise!:-) ( hope I got that the right way round ) I suppose the certificates can be issued – they will just show how inefficient the houses are. The difficulty then comes in how to retrofit insulation. Unlike the UK for example lofts are usually not accessible without major work to open a way through the concrete. Walls I suppose could be filled but with all of the damp problems that Spanish houses suffer anyway, that will make things worse. Of course it will impact on values and if the government then decide to tax inefficient homes it will devalue them further. Lets hope common sense prevails though after 20+ years experience I rather doubt it.


  2. Lindsay
    February 19, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

    On the down side this is a sure fire way to knock the housing market – how many of the badly built properties are going to get a decent grade on their certificate, and how many owners will fork out 300€ to be able to sell their house or just decide to defer a while? On a positive note, this may just expose how inefficient a lot of Spanish construction is, and might even be the proverbial rocket they need to start building houses properly!


    • Elle
      February 19, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

      That’s exactly the point, Lindsay. Had Spain fallen into line originally, then the property owners may have had time to budget, upgrade, renovate etc. However… but doing everything at the final hour, it has removed the feasibility of this for a lot of people. Many property owners in Spain are already offering their homes for sale at a very low price to try to remove themselves from the system – they don’t all have a few hundred euros to throw at this.
      Of course – all of this may go away quietly – we’ve seen similar events happen previously. I wonder how many homes actually will come off the market, or even wait for an offer on their property before going through the steps required. x


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