Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
The Housing Health and Safety Rating System came into Force within the provisions of the Housing Act in April 2006. The European Directive sets out the provisions for the energy performance of buildings and the issue of Energy Performance Certificates.
These will apply to homeowners, operators and developers of properties. Your property's EPC needs to be available to potential buyers as soon as you start to market your property for sale or rent.You must get an approved Domestic Energy Assessor to produce the EPC.
From 1st October in England and Wales, EPCs will be mandatory for the sale or rent of all properties. For landlords, this means a valid certificate will be needed for any property as soon as it is being offered to let.
The certificate will show the energy efficiency of the property at the time of inspection, the environment impact and what recommendations can be made for improvement.
•An Energy Performance Certificate shows the official energy efficiency rating of a property.
•The certificate provides you with a rating for the building, showing its energy efficiency and its environmental impact on a scale from A-G (where A is the most efficient and G the least efficient), in graphical format. It also contains recommended ways to improve the building's energy performance.
•The Energy Performance Certificate is similar to the certificates now provided with domestic appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines.
•Two ratings are shown. The environmental impact rating is a measure of a home's impact on the environment in terms of carbon dioxide (C02) emissions - the higher the rating, the less impact it has on the environment. The energy-efficiency rating is a measure of a home's overall efficiency. The higher the rating, the more energy-efficient the home is, and the lower the fuel bills are likely to be.
•The ratings will vary according to the age, location, size and condition of the building.
•An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and it is valid for 10 years.
•You can be fined if you don’t get an EPC when you need one.