Energy Performance Certificates and what they are.
Energy Performance Certificates
(EPCs) give information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce your energy costs. All homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC. Find out what EPCs look like and what they contain.
What an Energy Performance Certificates looks like
Information about energy efficiency is summarised in a chart that shows the energy efficiency rating. The chart looks similar to those supplied on electrical appliances, like fridges and washing machines. To see an example of an Energy Performance Certificate, use the link below.
Which buildings need an EPC
An Energy Performance Certificates is required when a building is built, rented or sold.
A building is defined as a structure with a roof and walls which uses energy to ‘condition an indoor climate’. This means it has heating, air conditioning or mechanical ventilation.
The building can either be a whole building or part of a building that has been designed or altered to be used separately. If a building is made up of separate units, each with its own heating system, each unit will need an Energy Performance Certificates.
For more details of when and which types of buildings require an Energy Performance Certificates, read ‘Improving the energy efficiency of our buildings’.
Which buildings don’t need an EPC
The following buildings don’t need an Energy Performance Certificates when they are built, rented or sold:
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- places of worship
- temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years
- standalone buildings with total useful floor area of less than 50 square metres that aren’t used to provide living accommodation for a single household
- industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings that don’t use a lot of energy
- holiday accommodation that’s rented out for less than 4 months a year or is let under a licence to occupy