Energy Performance Certificates?
certificate records how energy efficient a property
is as a building and provides A-G ratings.
Certificates are produced
using standard methods and assumptions about energy
usage in order that the energy efficiency of one
building can easily be compared with another
building of the same type. This allows prospective
buyers, tenants, owners, occupiers and purchasers to
access information as to the energy efficiency and
carbon emissions from a building in order to
consider energy efficiency and fuel costs as part of
An EPC is
always accompanied by a recommendation report that
lists cost effective measures (such as low and zero
carbon generating systems) to improve the energy
rating. A rating is also given showing what could be
achieved if all the recommendations were
When is a EPC Required?
Energy Performance Certificates
are required for all residential properties if you
Selling – All
sellers of homes need to ensure that they provide a
potential buyers before marketing of their property
Renting – All
landlords need to provide an EPC and recommendation
report free of charge to prospective tenants the
first time they let or re-let a property after 1
October 2008. The EPC must be available no later
- When a viewing is conducted
- Before entering into a Tenancy Agreement
An EPC is
valid for ten years.