Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
Required under UK law, all domestic and commercial buildings available to buy or rent must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
What is an EPC?
Similar to EU Energy Labels that grade the energy efficiency of new appliances, EPCs show how energy efficient a building is, going from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient).
Giving an indication of how expensive it will be to light and heat a building, the grade may also include an estimate of carbon dioxide emissions.
Once an assessment has been carried out, EPCs are valid for ten years.
Why do I need an EPC?
If you’re selling or leasing a residential property or commercial building, you must get an approved Domestic Energy Assessor to produce an EPC.
Your EPC will need to be shared with potential buyers or tenants when you place your property or premises on the market.
While homeowners with no plans to sell or lease are under no obligation to hold a valid EPC, they might find it useful in identifying ways they can improve the energy efficiency of their home.
What does an EPC say?
After a Domestic Energy Assessor has visited your property and completed the assessment they will document the following:
- Information about your property’s energy consumption and typical energy costs
- Recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money
What buildings don’t need an EPC?
There are several premises that don’t require an EPC by law. These include:
- Places of worship
- Temporary buildings that will be occupied for less than 2 years
- Stand-alone buildings with total floor space of less than 50 square metres
- Industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings that don’t use a lot of energy
- Some buildings that are due to be demolished
- Holiday accommodation or residential buildings that are rented out for less than four months a year or is let under a licence to occupy
- Listed buildings