Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) explained

Unsure about Energy Performance Certificates? We explain what is involved.

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) explained

What are they?

Energy Performance Certificates give information about a property’s energy use and costs. It was first introduced in 2007, but the regulation of EPCs has subsequently been replaced and simplified by the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulation 2012 to support the Green Deal.

EPCs are needed when a property is built, sold or being rented out and they must be ordered before the property is put on the market. Sellers and landlords are required to have a valid EPC available to any potential buyers or tenants of their property. Energy Performance Certificates are the same for properties for sale and to let.

If you don’t have an EPC available when you need one you could receive a fine.

EPCs are registered with the Domestic Energy Performance Certificate register and certificates that have been correctly entered onto the register are valid for 10 years.

Energy efficiency ratings

An Energy Performance Certificate gives home sellers an “A to G” rating for their home’s energy efficiency to help cut carbon emissions and fuel bills, similar to those labels on new fridges.

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.

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  • Caroline Mills says...

    posted on 08/10/2014 09:17:28

    I wanted to know what they mean, not why I have to have one. No use having one if it is meaningless...can you add a section on how to interpret the report?

    Good question, Caroline.  Our surveyors make themselves available to discuss the reports with you on the phone, so don't be afraid to call them with your questions.  We will also start working on adding some reference terms for our users to help.  Good luck with your purchase.

  • Bryce Martin says...

    posted on 21/10/2014 23:50:13

    I understand what the EPC is but what is obvious, is that it is yet another way for some under qualified group to make money out of an activity that has nothing to do with them. Much the same way the old HIPS did and the government does in stamp duty, which is also money for nothing charges. If I can show that I have loft insulation, wall cavity insulation, double glazing and a near new boiler then that should be enough for a buyer. Why should I have to pay someone else to say exactly the same and give it an alphabetic rating?

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