Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)


What is an Energy Performance Certificate?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rates the energy efficiency of a property and its carbon emissions, and suggests ways to improve its energy efficiency.

Since October 2008, all homes sold or rented out require an EPC, and the energy ratings must be displayed on any written Property Particulars. Once issued, an EPC is valid for a period of 10 years.

I am looking to SELL my property – will I need an EPC?

Yes. Under new regulations introduced in May 2010, you will need to have commissioned, but not necessarily received, an EPC before marketing can start. The law also requires all estate agents to ensure that an EPC is in place or has been commissioned, before they start marketing. The energy ratings must also be displayed on their written Property Particulars.

I am looking to LET my property to tenants – will I need an EPC?

Yes. Your property will require an EPC to be in place before marketing can commence, so it can be available to show to potential tenants. A tenant is entitled to receive a copy of the EPC before moving into the property.

Are there any exemptions from the need to have an EPC?

An EPC is required when a building is constructed, rented or sold. A building will need an EPC if it has a roof and walls and has heating, air conditioning or mechanical ventilation. A garden shed, garage or old barn would not need an EPC if it doesn’t use energy to heat it up or cool it down.

The following buildings are always exempt:

• Place of worship

• Temporary building that will be used for less than two years

• Standalone buildings with total useful floor area of less than 50 metres squared that aren’t used to provide living accommodation for a single household

What recommendations will an EPC contain?

An EPC will provide a detailed report on the property, showing what can be done to help reduce the amount of energy used, and the carbon dioxide emitted. It will include:

• Summary of the key elements in the property that have an impact on its performance rating, such as windows, heating systems and controls

• Suggested improvements, like fitting loft insulation

• Possible cost savings per year, if the improvements were made

• How the recommendations would change the energy and carbon emission rating of the property

How do I obtain an EPC?

Use the CONTACT US button and, using the latest technology, we’ll order the EPC extremely quickly, so you can commence marketing, and then track progress, until it is has been completed by the qualified Energy Assessor.

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