Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) are the Government’s chosen way of complying with the Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD).
Their purpose are to record how energy efficient a property is. A certificate will provide a rating of the energy efficiency and CO2 emissions of a building from A to G, where A is very efficient and G is very inefficient. EPCs are produced using standardised and assumptions about energy usage so that the energy efficiency of one building can easily be compared with another building of the same type. This allows prospective buyers, tenants, owners, occupiers and purchasers to see information on the energy efficiency and CO2 emissions from their building so they can consider energy efficiency and fuel costs as part of their investment.
An EPC is always accompanied by a recommendation report that lists measures (such as low and zero carbon generating systems) to improve the energy rating of the building. The certificate is also accompanied by information about the optimum rating that could be achieved if all the recommendations were implemented.
Who is responsible for obtaining an EPC?
This rests with the ‘relevant person’ who is defined as:
Where the building is to be sold: The Seller
Where the building is to be rented out: The Landlord
Where the building is being constructed: The person responsible for the building work
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