What is an EPC?
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.
Do I require an EPC?
We can help you order your EPC extremely quickly, so you can commence marketing, and then track progress until it is has been completed by the qualified Energy Assessor. 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 marketing starts. An EPC is valid for 10 years.
Please note, if your property is Grade II Listed, you will NOT require an EPC.
I’m looking to let out my property to tenants – will I need an EPC?
Your rental 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 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.
How are emissions and energy use measured in an EPC?
EPCs 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.
I have since made changed to my property, do I need a new EPC?
You do not need to do this, if you don’t want to. Instead, you could provide written details on the home improvement that you have made to your Estate Agent, together with a written request to update the Property Particulars.
Who do I contact to get a new EPC?
Bourne Associates: Domestic Energy Assessors