EPC: What does it mean?

What is an EPC?

An EPC, or Energy Performance Certificate, is an overall assessment of the energy efficiency and typical running costs, and also the environmental impact of your property.

Your EPC will last for 10 years, provided you make no major property changes (e.g upgrading a back boiler to a new combi boiler, extending the property etc.)

You can check if your property has one for free on the EPC register.

Why do I need an EPC?

To sell, let or build a property, it has been a legal requirement to obtain a valid EPC in England and Wales since 2008, and since 2009 in Scotland.

If you don’t obtain an EPC when you need to, you can be fined.

Some property is exempt from needing an EPC, and there are extra rules if you’re letting the property out.

Properties that don’t need an EPC

According to current advice from DirectGov the following properties do not need an EPC:

·         places of worship

·         temporary buildings that will be used for less than 2 years

·         stand-alone buildings with total useful floor space of less than 50 square metres

·         industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings that don’t use a lot of energy

·         some buildings that are due to be demolished

·         holiday accommodation rented out for less than 4 months a year or is let under a licence to occupy

·         listed buildings - get advice from your local authority conservation officer if the work would alter the building’s character

·         residential buildings intended to be used less than 4 months a year

How do I get an EPC?

You can find an accredited energy assessor online or you can ask your estate agent if they know of any local accredited assessors.