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How to get an Energy Performance Certificate EPC

Find out the facts about EPCs, whether you need one for your property and how to get one.

How to get an Energy Performance Certificate EPC

What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) provides potential buyers and tenants with an indication of the energy efficiency of a property. The certificate will contain information about the property’s typical energy costs and will recommend ways to reduce energy use to make the property more energy efficient.

First introduced in 2007 as part of the now-abolished Home Information Pack, an energy performance rating is necessary for properties being sold or rented in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In 2012 EPCs were updated and simplified to support the Green Deal, making up part of its assessment. The Green Deal was introduced to help homeowners make energy-saving improvements to their property. The EPC is valid for ten years and the survey of the property will usually take between 45 minutes and an hour.

Energy Performance Certificates are regulated by the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulation 2012 and the survey is conducted by Domestic Energy Assessors. 

The EPC turned 10 years old in August 2017, meaning that homeowners thinking of selling their homes should check their energy performance rating is still valid, as they will not be able to sell their home without one.

From April 2018, the regulations surrounding the Energy Performance Certificate are changing. Changes will affect both the commercial EPCs and residential EPCs within the private rented sector and will mean that the minimum energy efficiency standard for non-domestic buildings will be set at an ‘E’ EPC rating.

The new EPC regulations will be introduced from 1st April 2018 and will require all eligible properties to be improved to a minimum standard. It will be unlawful to rent a property that does not meet the minimum energy efficiency standard (unless there is an exemption) and a penalty of up to £4,000 may be imposed for breaches.

How much does an EPC Cost?

EPC costs range from £45.83-£100.00+VAT - there is no fixed cost so it is worth comparing prices from multiple companies. To get the best EPC cost, make sure you get the assessment completed directly rather than through an estate agent.

The price of your energy performance certificate will also depend on several factors regarding your property, such as the type of property you own and how many bedrooms it has. The location of your property and the area you live in can also affect the EPC cost.

You can get a quote from an accredited and DBS checked Domestic Energy Assessor through reallymoving.com.

What will it tell me?

Energy Performance Certificates rate a home’s energy efficiency and environmental impact using a scale from A-G, with ‘A’ rated homes being the most efficient. It also provides suggestions on how to improve the rating which, in turn, will reduce the effects on the environment by cutting carbon emissions and save homeowners money on their fuel bills.

The certificate will contain details of the property, such as its location, age, size and condition, and these factors will be considered to provide energy saving recommendations that are tailored to the property. The average UK property falls into the D or E band.

How do I get an EPC?

The Energy Performance Certificate is produced by Domestic Energy Assessors. To find the best price for your EPC, you can get a quote here at reallymoving.com. All of the quotes we provide are from accredited Assessors.

Even if you are not planning to sell your property, an Energy Performance Certificate can give you an indication of the energy efficiency of your home and identify how it can be improved to save you money on your fuel bills.

Do I need an EPC?

An EPC is required for buildings that are to be sold, rented or built in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The EPC must be commissioned before the property is put on the market and it must be available to be shown to prospective buyers or tenants if requested. Bear in mind that those given 10 years ago will now need to be updated.

If you cannot produce an EPC at the time required, you could receive a fine.

There are, however, buildings that do not require an EPC, including:

  • Places of worship

  • Holiday accommodation and residential buildings used less than 4 months a year

  • Industrial sites and workshops

  • Buildings that are to be demolished

  • Buildings intended to be used for less than 2 years

  • Stand-alone buildings with less than 50 square metres of useful floor space.

Since January 2013, listed buildings are now also exempt from requiring an EPC, as significant alterations to the character and appearance of the buildings would have to occur to ensure compliance with the energy efficiency requirements.

Reducing environmental impact of homes

Our homes already account for 27% of the UK’s carbon emissions contributing to global climate change. The Energy Performance Certificate is designed to help homeowners reduce the environmental impact of their homes. The Energy Savings Trust estimates that following the recommendations in an Energy Performance Certificate, an average of £300 a year can be saved in fuel bills.

Only qualified and certificated Domestic Energy Assessors are allowed to prepare Energy Performance Certificates. For more information on Energy Performance Certificates and to help you to understand the requirements, visit the Government website on EPCs.

For information on the requirements of properties being sold or rented in Scotland, take a look at our article on Scottish Home Reports

Last reviewed September 2018

Comments (10)

  • Tanya

    posted on 11 Mar 2019

    How long is an Energy Performance Certificate valid for? I have one from 2013. Is it still valid in 2019 or do I need to get another one?

    Reallymoving response

    Hi Tanya,

    EPCs last for 10 years, but if you've made any significant improvements to your property that might have improved the scores, you may want to get a new one before then. Otherwise, it will be fine until 2023.

    All the best,
    reallymoving

    Sandeep

    posted on 8 Jul 2019

    I had got wall and loft insulation done as advised in the EPC (issued in 2012) after moving to the property in 2017. Do I have to get one done now? Also is it going to help to get better valuation for the purpose of remortgage.

    Reallymoving response

    Getting a new EPC to show the improvements you've made to your property will possibly improve your valuation, and it is worth getting a new one so that it is up to date when you remortgage.

    Peter Monaghan

    posted on 3 Aug 2019

    The home im renting was rebuilt in 1995 and as far as i know it does not have an EPC, does the landlord have to pay for it ?

    Reallymoving response

    Hi Peter,

    Yes, your landlord should not be renting out a property that doesn't have an up to date EPC.

    Kind regards,
    reallymoving

    Peter

    posted on 5 Aug 2019

    Since purchasing my property 4 years ago I have added a smart meter and also a hive smart thermostat. Will this be significant enough to warrant a ordering a new EPC as I’m putting my property on the market? TIA

    Reallymoving response

    Hi Peter,

    This is a really good question and not one we've come across before.
    It's usually worth updating your EPC whenever changes have been made to your property, but we'd recommend chatting to an EPC provider directly.

    Kind regards,
    reallymoving

    Becky

    posted on 5 Sep 2019

    We are currently in the process of selling our house and our EPC is still within the ten year range.
Since that EPC we have had new windows fitted. Is it a legal requirement to have a new EPC carried out because of that or will the old one suffice?

    Reallymoving response

    Hi Becky,

    It doesn't seem that it's a legal requirement to have a new EPC if you update your property (to sell it, there are different rules around letting it out) but your home improvements would probably improve your EPC rating which would make it more appealing to buyers, so it's something to consider even if it's not required.

    Wishing you luck with your move,

    reallymoving

    Viviana

    posted on 11 Sep 2019

    Re-posting in case it did not work. The house we are purchasing EPC is dated February 2011. Shouis the property have a new EPC? Thank you.x

    Reallymoving response

    Hi Viviana

    EPCs last 10 years, so it would not need a new one until 2021.

    Kind regards,
    reallymoving

    Bev

    posted on 23 Sep 2019

    We rent out a property which is a chalet bungalow where the upstairs has been boarded out on the floor but has a hatch and no staircase so is an attic space. As the upstairs is not in use and has no heating installed do we have to insulate under the floor boards of the upstairs or is roof insulation sufficient for an EPC?

    Reallymoving response

    Hi Bev,

    We would assume roof insulation is sufficient as it's not a habitable space, but it's worth chatting to an EPC provider to double check. The quality of insulation may impact your EPC grading.

    Kind regards,

    reallymoving

    David Cairns

    posted on 24 Oct 2019

    Hi 
Just purchased a flat ,it has concret floors , gutting it out changing from storage heaters to a gas Combi boiler,so I thinking of putting down aluminium membrane,to improve heat retention ,how do I apply to have my EPC upgraded 
David Cairns

    Reallymoving response

    Hi David,

    You just arrange to have an EPC assessor come to the property and issue an up to date EPC.

    Kind regards,
    reallymoving

    Renata

    posted on 14 Nov 2019

    Hi, just find out that EPS expired last year, no improvements to the property had been made during those 10 years. So letting agency telling me that I don't need a new one just because it's expired. Is it legal? 


    Reallymoving response

    Hi Renata,

    If your EPC has expired (even if no changes have been made to the property) and you're letting it out to tenants, you absolutely need a new one.
    If you are living in your own property and it's expired, you will need to get one before you sell it.
    Kind regards,
    reallymoving

    Shaun Moloney

    posted on 21 Nov 2019

    Industrial sites and workshops listed above appear to be exempt from requiring an EPC, is this correct as our solicitor is requesting one prior to sale of the industrial unit in question.
Many thanks

    Reallymoving response

    Hi Shaun,
    There's a breakdown of which property types are exempt on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/energy-performance-certificate-commercial-property/exemptions

    Kind regards,
    reallymoving

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