Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for Domestic Properties
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are needed when any building is sold, rented out, constructed or refurbished.
EPCs give information on a buildings energy efficiency in a sliding scale from 'A' (very efficient) to 'G' (least efficient). Every EPC also has a recommendations report showing how the homeowner could improve the rating.
Only qualified, accredited domestic energy assessors and qualified, certified home inspectors can produce EPCs for domestic properties. They analyse how homes are constructed, insulated, heated and ventilated, and the type of fuel being used.
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When an Energy Performance Certificate is Required
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) present a buildings energy efficiency in the form of an 'asset rating'. This is similar to the system used to rate white goods, such as fridges and washing machines.
You must commission an EPC if you sell, rent out, construct or refurbish most buildings. EPCs are not required for buildings that are not normally considered as homes, such as:
- builings used primarily or solely as places of worship
- temporary buildings with a planned time of use of two years or less, and industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings with low energy demand
- stand alone buildings with a total floor area of less than 50m2 which are not dwellings
When domestic properties are marketed for sale, the EPC forms a compulsory element. The EPC must be made available when the property is marketed for sale.
For selling or renting an existing home, the owner or landlord is responsible for making an EPC available and for providing it to any prospective buyer or tenant.
EPC validity period
Unless a building is later modified, EPCs and their recommendation reports are valid for ten years from the date of issue, unless they are in a HIP where they must be no older than three years old at the point of marketing. Energy assessors and home inspectors are responsible for placing EPCs in the national register of domestic EPCs, where they will be kept for 20 years.