Need an EPC for your house?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) provides your potential buyer or tenant with a guide to the energy efficiency of a property they are proposing to buy or let.
The energy performance certificate contains key information about the property’s typical annual energy costs and will provide recommended measure to reduce energy use to make the property more energy efficient.
EPC were introduced in 2007. A Residential EPC (energy performance certificate) is necessary for properties being sold or rented in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In 2012 EPCs were updated and simplified to support the Green Deal, making up part of its assessment. The Green Deal was introduced to help homeowners make energy-saving improvements to their property.
The EPC is valid for ten years and the survey of the property will usually take between 45 minutes and an hour.
Energy Performance Certificates are regulated by the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulation 2012 and the survey is conducted by qualified and accredited Domestic Energy Assessor.
Anyone who had an EPC undertaken in the years 2007 and 2008 may need to check whether they have a valid residential EPC as they will be unable to sell or rent their property without a valid EPC.
If you are thinking of rent your property, please refer to the Landlord information to ensure you comply with changes in regulations.