Why do I need an Energy Performance Certificate?

Why do I need an Energy Performance Certificate?

Why do I need an Energy Performance Certificate?

As of 6th April 2012 an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) must be commissioned before marketing your property for sale or rent, whether it is residential or commercial.

All "reasonable efforts" must be made to ensure that an EPC is obtained within 7 days of marketing the property. (Where it has not been secured during that period, there is an absolute duty to obtain it within 21 days of the end of that period.)

The EPC must be undertaken by a qualified Domestic or Commercial Energy Assessor.


An EPC contains:

  • information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs
  • recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money.

    An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and it is valid for 10 years.

How to get an EPC

If you’re selling or renting out your home, you’ll need to find an accredited assessor:

If you don’t get an EPC when you need one, you can be fined.

If you’re buying or renting then the person selling the house, the landlord or the letting agent must show you the EPC.

Buildings that don’t need an EPC:

These include:

  • Places of worship
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than 2 years
  • Stand-alone non-residential buildings with total useful floor space of less than 50 square metres
  • Industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings that don’t use a lot of energy
  • Some buildings that are due to be demolished
  • Holiday accommodation that’s rented out for less than 4 months a year or is let under a licence to occupy

See other properties’ EPCs

You can look at the EPCs of other properties free of charge. This lets you compare your home’s energy performance with that of similar homes. You can search by the property’s address or by the EPC’s report reference number.

If you don’t want other people to be able to see your EPC on the EPC register, you can opt out.

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