What is an EPC?
EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. These certificates are mandatory for all new domestic properties and commercial buildings in England and Wales. Much like the colourful stickers found on the sides of common household appliances, the certificate gives an energy efficiency rating from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). EPCs also provide the estimated carbon dioxide emissions and annual cost of heating and lighting the building
Within the certificate you can find cost effective options to improve the rating of the building and the resulting savings.
Why an EPC is needed
When selling or letting a property, the EPC has to be available for potential buyers and renters. Usually obtained through the estate agent or letting agent. The purpose is to allow anyone considering buying or renting the property to know the likely annual running costs of the building. An EPC Certificate is valid for 10 years, but if you decide to carry out any improvements you may want to have it updated to show the new rating.
How you can get an EPC
EPC’s need to be produced by accredited domestic energy assessors to be valid. The approved EPC register for England and Wales is available through Landmark.
Alternatively, most estate agents are able to have an EPC prepared for you.
SAP Calculations – If you’re building a new property
To be able to produce an EPC for a new build property, you will need a Domestic On-Construction Energy Assessor to undertake SAP calculations, you can read more about this here.
Impartial information on EPCs in England and Wales is available from the pages at Directgov.