What is an EPC and do I need one?

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What is an Energy Performance Certificate?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is the Government’s chosen way of complying with the Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD).

Its purpose is to record how energy-efficient a property is. The certificate will provide a rating of the energy efficiency and CO2 emissions of a building from A to G, where A is very efficient and G is very inefficient.

EPCs are produced using standard methods with standard assumptions about energy usage so 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 see information on the energy efficiency and CO2 emissions from their building so they can consider energy efficiency and fuel costs as part of their investment.

An EPC is always accompanied by a recommendation report that lists cost effective and other measures (such as low and zero carbon generating systems) to improve the energy rating of the building. The certificate is also accompanied by information about the rating that could be achieved if all the recommendations were implemented.

Do I Need an Energy Performance Certificate?

It has been a legal requirement, since 1 October 2008, for all landlords to have a valid EPC for their property before it can be let. A Certificate will also be required for a homeowner to sell their property.

How long is an EPC Valid For?

A valid EPC will last for ten years and can be used for multiple tenancies within that period.

EPC Certificates

You can check a property for an EPC by visiting: