An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rates the energy efficiency of a property and its carbon emissions, and suggests ways to improve its energy efficiency. Since October 2008, all homes sold or rented out require an EPC, and the energy ratings had to be displayed on any Property Particulars, however the regulations changed on 6th April 2012 to attach the front page of the EPC to any Property Particulars.

Yes, you will need to commission, but not necessarily received, an EPC before marketing can start. The law also requires all estate agents to ensure that an EPC is in place, or has been commissioned, before marketing starts.This means that you or your agent must have instructed an accredited Energy Assessor to carry out an energy performance assessment and produce an EPC, and enclosed the payment for the EPC or an undertaking to pay for it.

For speed and convenience, we can manage this for you. If you instruct us to sell your property, we will supply the EPC free of charge.Yes. Your property will require an EPC to be in place before marketing can commence, so it can be available to show to potential tenants. A tenant is entitled to receive a copy of the EPC before moving into the property.

An EPC is required when a building is constructed, rented or sold. A building will need an EPC if it has a roof and walls and has heating, air conditioning or mechanical ventilation. A garden shed, garage or old barn would not need an EPC if it doesn’t use energy to heat it up or cool it down. The following buildings are always exempt:

  • Place of worship.
  • Temporary building that will be used for less than two years.
  • Stand alone buildings with a total useful floor area of less than 50 meters squared that aren’t used to provide living accommodation for a single household.

There is a fixed penalty of £200, which will be enforced by Trading Standards. To avoid having to pay a penalty fee, we recommend you instruct us to arrange an energy assessment on your behalf.

EPCs carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions with potential emissions that a property could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and emissions would be, if energy saving measures were put in place.

The ratings measure the energy and carbon emission efficiency of a property using a grade from A to G. An A rating is the most efficient, while G is the least efficient. The average efficiency grade to date is D. All homes are measured using the same calculations, so you can compare the energy efficiency of different properties.

An EPC will provide a detailed report on the property, showing what can be done to help reduce the amount of energy used, and the carbon dioxide emitted. It will include:

  • Summary of the key elements in the property that have an impact on its performance rating, such as windows, heating systems and controls.
  • Suggested improvements, like fitting loft insulation.
  • Possible cost savings per year, if the improvements were made.
  • How the recommendations would change the energy and carbon emission rating of the property 10 years. However, if a newer EPC has been produced, the newer EPC must be used.

You do not need to do this or worry about that, if you don’t want to do we are happy to do for you. Instead, you could provide written details on the home improvement plan that you have made, together with a written request to update the Property Particulars.