Energy Performance Certificates: Domestic Properties
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) are needed and must be commissioned when most building are sold, rented out, constructed or refurbished.
EPC’s give information on a building’s energy efficiency in a sliding scale from ‘A’ (very efficient) to ‘G’ (least efficient). Every EPC also has a recommendations report showing how the homeowner could improve the rating.
Only qualified, accredited domestic energy assessors and qualified, certified home inspectors can produce EPC’s for domestic properties. They analyse how homes are constructed, insulated, heated and ventilated, and the type of fuel being used.
The EPC used to be part of the Home Information Pack (HIP). The Government removed the need for a HIP for properties marketed after 21 May 2010 but the EPC requirement remains.