An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is an assessment of the energy efficiency of a property. An EPC gives a rating for the Energy Efficiency of the property and a rating of the Environmental Impact for the property on a scale from A - G, the most efficient properties being rated A and the least efficient properties being rated G.
The certificate shows not only the current rating of the property but also the potential rating for the property. The certificate also gives recommendations to improve the energy efficiency of the property and an estimate of how much money could be saved each year if these recommendations are carried out.
Acting on an EPC is important to cut energy consumption, save money on bills and help to safeguard the environment.
Since 1st October 2008, it has been a legal requirement that when buildings are built, sold or rented, an EPC must be available. This legislation includes homes on the market before the phased introduction of EPCs for domestic properties in 2007. Once an EPC has been produced for a property it is valid for 10 years.
Local authority trading standards are the enforcement authority overseeing Energy Performance Certificates and there are fixed penalties for failing to provide an EPC when a property is on the market for sale or rent. The fixed penalty for each dwelling is £200.
Only qualified and accredited Energy Assessors can produce Energy Performance Certificates.
Here at Dean Alexander Energy Consultants our assessors were trained and are accredited under the Stroma Accreditation Scheme.