What is an EPC?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required for all homes whenever built, rented or sold. If you are buying, selling or renting a home it is now law to have a certificate.

The certificate records how energy efficient a property is as a building and provides A-G ratings.They are produced using standard methods and assumptions about energy usage so that the energy efficiency of one building can easily be compared with another building of the same type. This allows prospective buyers, tenants, owners, occupiers and purchasers to see information on the energy efficiency and carbon emissions from their building so they can consider energy efficiency and fuel costs as part of their investment.

An EPC is always accompanied by a recommendation report that lists cost effective and other measures (such as low and zero carbon generating systems) to improve the energy rating. A rating is also given showing what could be achieved if all the recommendations were implemented.

EPCS are produced by accredited energy assessors.

What do they look like?

This is an Energy Efficiency Rating.

The energy efficiency rating is a measure of the overall efficiency of a home. The higher the rating the more energy efficient the home is and the lower the fuel bills will be.

This is an Enviromental Impact Rating

The environmental impact rating is a measure of a home's impact on the environment in terms of carbon dioxide emissions. The higher the rating the less impact it has on the environment.