Energy Performance Certificates for a house sale


Why are energy performance certificates required ?

According to the Government, buildings are responsible for almost 50 per cent of all energy consumed in the UK and over a quarter of CO2 emissions. The Government argues that in the case of properties, a high rating will be more desirable and will impact on the marketability. An energy performance certificate (EPC) is intended to inform potential buyers about the energy performance of a home, so they can consider energy efficiency as part of their decision to buy that property. For more information click here for the government website :


Why does a house sale need an EPC ?

An EPC shows the level of energy efficiency in a dwelling and gives recommendations for energy efficiency improvements. It is important that buyers are informed about a property before they incur costs, and the EPC allows the buyer to make comparisons between properties to help them make the right choice.


When are EPCs required ?

The EPC must be commissioned before a property is put on the market.


When is an EPC not required ?

The legislation applies to all properties to be marketed. When a property is to be sold but not marketed, an EPC is not required.


How long is an EPC valid for ?

With the demise of the HIPs Pack, all EPCs are vailid for 10 years. 


How much will an EPC cost ?

Please contact us for a quotation. 


Penalties for not providing an EPC ?

Local Authority Trading Standards Officers are responsible for enforcing EPCs, including a potential buyer’s right to get a copy of the EPC. They can offer help and advice but can also issue a penalty notice to both the seller and the selling agent.


What is an EPC and what does it mean ?

An EPC provides the energy rating for a dwelling, based on the performance potential of the dwelling itself and an environmental impact rating showing carbon dioxide emissions. The EPC is accompanied by a recommendation report, providing information on improvements with an indication of the payback period. For more information on EPCs and to find an example of an EPC, click here :


The legislation ?

The legislation for the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) came into force in a phased manner between 2007 and 4 January 2009. For more information about implementation click for the Directive Implementation Advisory Group


Grants are available  

As a non-profit organisation, the Energy Savings Trust provides free impartial advice tailored to suit each individual, and can help save money and fight climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the home. Help is available on grants and offers, as well as advice on generating your own energy. Click here for more information


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