Energy Performance Certificate

Energy Performance Certificates have been introduced to help improve the energy efficiency of all buildings - including homes.

The certificates tell you how energy efficient a home is on a scale of A-G. The most efficient homes - which should have the lowest fuel bills - are in band A.

The Certificate also tells you, on a scale of A-G, about the impact the home has on the environment. Better-rated homes are those with less carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

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The average property in the UK is in band D-E for both ratings. The Certificate includes recommendations on ways to improve the home's energy efficiency, which in turn saves you money and helps the environment.

Why do we need EPCs?

Homes currently account for 27 per cent of the UK's carbon emissions, contributing to global climate change. The way in which we light, heat and use our homes all contribute to this. Even small improvements to the energy performance and the way we use our homes could have a significant effect on our fuel bills and carbon emissions.

How long is an EPC valid for?

For a domestic property, the EPC is valid for 10 years and must be in place before the property goes to market. If any changes to the thermal elements are carried out within that time a new report or an updated EPC will be required.

What buildings are exempt?

The following places do not require an EPC -

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