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 had to be displayed on any Property Particulars, however the regulations changed on 6th April 2012 to attach the front page of the EPC to any property particulars.
Yes, 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 than an EPC is in place or has been commissioned, before marketing starts.
This means that you or your estate agent must have instructed an accredited Assessor to carry out an Energy performance assessment and produce an EPC, and enclosed the payment for the EPC or an undertaking to pay for it.
For speed and convenience, we can organise this for you.
If you decide to organise the EPC yourself, your estate agent will need to receive the EPC itself, or evidence that the EPC has been commissioned, as explained above.
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.
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 does not use any energy to heat it up or cool it down. The following buildings are always exempt:
EPC's carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions with potential emissions that a property could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and emissions would be, if energy saving measures were put in place.
The ratings measure the energy and carbon emission efficiency of a property using a grade from A to G. An A rating is the most efficient while G is the least efficient. The average efficiency grade to date is D. All homes are measured using the same calculations so you can compare the energy efficiency of different properties.
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:
10 years. However, if a newer EPC has been produced, the newer EPC must be used.
You do not need to do this, if you don't want to. Instead, you could provide written details on the home improvement that your Estate Agent, together with a written request to update the Property Particulars.
Speak to your local branch for more information.