What is an EPC?
All domestic property in the UK available to buy or rent must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Also, if you own a home, getting an energy performance survey done could help you identify ways to save money on your energy bills.
Much like the multi-coloured sticker on new appliances, EPCs tell you how energy efficient a building is and give it a rating from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). They let the person who will use the building know how costly it will be to heat and light, and what its carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be.
The EPC will also state what the energy efficiency rating could be if improvements are made, and highlights cost-effective ways to achieve a better rating. Even if you rent your home, some improvements noted on the EPC might be worth your while – such as switching to more energy-efficient light bulbs.
Once produced, EPCs are valid for ten years.
WHY GET AN EPC?
If you’re selling or renting out a domestic property or commercial building, you must get an approved Domestic Energy Assessor to produce the EPC. The EPC needs to be available to potential buyers as soon as you start to market your property for sale or rent.
If you already own your home, the process of getting an EPC produced can help you identify ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home. As EPCs are valid for ten years, you will then have an accurate EPC ready if you decide to sell or rent within this period (unless you improve your home subsequently, in which case you may wish to get a fresh EPC done to include those improvements).
WHO CAN PRODUCE ENERGY REPORTS AND EPCS?
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, only accredited Domestic Energy Assessors can produce valid EPCs.