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.