Energy Performance Certificates
An EPC rating can be found on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). EPCs are needed on domestic properties for the following reasons.
- When a property is first built
- When a property is being sold
- When a property is to be rented out
If you are selling a property then it is your responsibility as the seller to provide a valid EPC to the buyer.
If you are a landlord wishing to rent out a property then you cannot enter into a lease agreement until a valid EPC is in place on your property. From April 2018 all new leases must be accompanied by an EPC which shows the property has an EPC rating of at least ‘E’. This is known as Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES).
You could be liable for a fine if you don’t get an EPC when you require one.
An EPC has information concerning the following.
- A property’s energy usage and the typical energy costs associated with it.
- A list of recommendations as to how energy usage at the property could be reduced, and how to save money.
The EPC rating of a property is a score out of 100. This score corresponds to a rating from A (the most efficient properties) to G (the least efficient properties).
The certificate is valid for 10 years, regardless of any changes made at the property which could affect the EPC rating.
How do you get an EPC?
You need an accredited domestic energy assessor (DEA). They will be able to undertake an assessment of the property at your convenience and provide you with your EPC.
To find an assessor simply visit FindEPC.co.uk or call 0330 222 0019 to speak to a qualified assessor who can help you find similar in your area. They can also help if you need to know whether your property currently has a valid EPC in place.
Are there buildings which do not require an EPC?
Some buildings do not require an EPC and therefore have no EPC rating. These include.
- any place of worship
- buildings that are temporary and are set to be used for under two years
- stand alone buildings that have less than 50m² of floor pace that can be utilised
- non residential agricultural buildings, workshops or industrial buildings that do not consume much energy
- a building that is scheduled for demolition
- holiday houses which are occupied for 4 months or less in a year
- any other kind of residential building that is uninhabited for longer than 4 months a year
- listed buildings