Energy Performace Certificates
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required to sell or rent a house in the UK. Previously this was part of the Home Information Pack (HIP) which is no longer required.
An EPC certificate measures the energy efficiency of your home and provides advice on how you can reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase energy efficiency.
A chart like the one on the right will be contained in the EPC report, showing the current energy performance of your home and the potential should you take extra measures to improve such as double glazing and extra loft insulation.
Who needs an EPC?
Anyone selling or renting a residential property in the UK will need an EPC certificate before they put the house on the market or commence a new tenancy. Once you have an EPC it is valid for 10 years. New builds and commercial property also require EPCs.
Where to get an EPC
You can order an Energy Performance Certificate online and an accredited domestic energy inspector will visit your house to undertake the inspection and prepare the EPC – this usually takes around three days.