What is an EPC?
As part of a European Directive, it is mandatory to hold an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) if you intend to sell or rent your property. As the UK government looks to further reduce environmental damage, minimum standard regulations are set to change on April 1st 2018.
EPCs will provide information on a building's energy efficiency using a sliding scale - 'A' being the most efficient, to 'G' the least efficient (see example graph to the right). In addition to the Energy Efficiency Rating (relating to running costs), the EPC will also show the Environment Impact Rating (relating to the carbon dioxide emissions). An EPC report will make recommendations of how you can improve the rating of your property, however there are no statutory requirements to carry out any of the recommended energy efficiency measures.
Only accredited domestic energy assessors and, certified home inspectors can produce EPCs for domestic properties. They analyse how homes are constructed, insulated, heated and ventilated, and the type of fuel being used.
Once your property has been given an EPC, it receives a unique number and is registered on a national database by the assessor. You can download extra copies by using the report reference number on the top right-hand side of the certificate.
Who needs an EPC?
Energy Performance Certificates are needed whenever a property is sold, rented or built. An EPC is only required for a dwelling that is self-contained, meaning that it does not have an entrance via a separate unit or share any essential facilities (bathroom, kitchen etc). Landlords are not required to produce an EPC when an existing lease is renewed, only when the tenant changes.
Properties that are exempt for lettings include:
- Temporary buildings with under two years use
- Holiday lets under four months
Properties that are exempt for sales include:
- Listed or officially protected buildings
- Detached buildings with under 50 square metres of total floor space
- Due to be demolished
- Industrial sites & workshops
Currently sellers and landlords can market their property immediately once an EPC has been commissioned, but must ensure that the EPC is in place within a maximum of 28 days.
How long will an EPC last?
EPCs are valid for 10 years and can be reused for new tenants as many times as required within that period. A landlord may choose to commission a new EPC if improvement works have been carried out, but there is no legal requirement to do so.
How Marsh & Parsons can help provide an EPC?
Marsh & Parsons use accredited DEA’s (Domestic Energy Assessors) who are registered with the appropriate accreditation scheme and they are required to have passed a basic Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check.
If you are intending to sell or let your property through Marsh & Parsons and require an EPC, then we will happily arrange this for you - your local sales or rentals team will be able to provide you with full details. Likewise, if you are not selling or letting, and would like to order an EPC with Marsh & Parsons, please contact us.