An Energy Performance Certificate is required for properties when constructed, sold or let. The Energy Performance Certificate provides details on the energy performance of the property and what you can do to improve it.
From 1st October 2008, all homes being let will require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The certificate provides A to G ratings for the building, with A being the most energy efficient and G being the least, with the average up to now being D. The provisions are part of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 SI 2007/991. The requirement is set out in regulation 5 which demands that a prospective tenant be provided with an EPC at the earliest opportunity and certainly prior to entering into any tenancy agreement.
An EPC is valid for 10 years.
If the property had been purchased and a HIP (Home Information Pack) was supplied, which should contain an EPC, it may still be valid.
Buildings produce nearly half of the UK’s carbon emissions and that’s almost twice that of cars and planes. The way a building is constructed, insulated, heated, ventilated and the type of fuel used, all contribute to its carbon emissions. Energy Performance Certificates have been introduced to help improve the energy efficiency of buildings.
Accredited energy assessors produce EPCs alongside an associated report which suggests improvements to make a building more energy efficient. The EPC is part of a series of measures that have been introduced across Europe to reflect legislation which will help cut buildings’ carbon emissions and tackle climate changes efficiently.