Mortgage defaults may rise if energy-efficiency coverage tightens throughout European housing – Euromoney journalAugust 18, 2022
The most recent outcomes of the European Central Financial institution (ECB)’s local weather stress assessments integrated the vitality efficiency of buildings as a contributing metric to find out banks’ resilience to local weather shocks. It revealed that European banks’ mortgage books may very well be uncovered to a better credit score danger due to this.
“The take a look at was a studying train,” a supply at CaixaBank tells Euromoney. “It enabled us to look transversally throughout our completely different portfolios, together with the mortgages guide.”
The Madrid-headquartered financial institution has the most important mortgage portfolio in Spain. Its guide mirrors the standard of the general housing inventory within the nation.
As authorized frameworks throughout Europe adapt, it’s going to change into unimaginable to promote or hire properties with poor vitality efficiency certificates (EPC) rankings.
In France, the latest Local weather and Resilience Regulation requires properties to have a minimum of a category F EPC by 2025, class E by 2028 and sophistication D by 2034 to be rented out. Between 700,000 and 800,000 houses have to be renovated yearly to adapt the nationwide housing market, also known as a ‘passoire thermique’ or thermal sieve.
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