An EPC shows the energy performance rating for a particular building or unit within a building.
It therefore depends on the age, location, size and condition of the building. It includes estimated running costs and carbon emissions as well as giving advice on energy efficient behaviour and recommending measures to improve the efficiency of the property. When an EPC is issued, an estimate of a potential rating will be provided based on the recommended improvements being implemented. However, there is no requirement to carry out the recommended improvements. The following is an example of an EPC.
An EPC is required for all tenancies commencing after 1st of October 2008. This has been introduced as part of European legislation: the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. Landlords are responsible for arranging and paying for an EPC and it must be made available to prospective tenants viewing the property and certainly in advance of them signing a tenancy agreement. Once you have an EPC, it will be valid for that property for 10 years.
An EPC will need to be produced by an Accredited Domestic Energy Assessor. You can access the Domestic Energy Assessor Register by clicking here.