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What  are  Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)?

An Energy Performance Certificate, otherwise known as an EPC, provides an energy rating for a residential or commercial property.

The way in which EPC legislation is applied differs between England and Wales, and Scotland.

England and Wales Residential (Domestic)

All residential properties in England and Wales require an EPC when marketed for sale or rent.


Commercial (Non-Domestic)

Since the 4th of January 2009 a Commercial EPC is required upon construction, sale or lease for all non-dwellings, covering everything from small retail units to offices, industrial units and large scale commercial premises such as airports and public buildings.

A commercial EPC provides an energy rating for a building which is based on the performance potential of that building. Services such as lighting, heating and ventilation) are taken into account as well as the way in which these services are controlled. The industry standardised A - G energy rating given on the certificate will reflect the intrinsic energy performance standard of the building relative to a benchmark. This rating could then be used by potential buyers or tenants to make comparisons between properties. The commercial epc is accompanied by a secondry report that provides recommendations on how the energy performance of the building could be enhanced, together with an indication of the payback period. These recommendations are provided in four categories relating to the payback period.

What does it look like?

The EPC provides a rating of the properties energy efficiency and displays this as a graph, similar to those found on kitchen appliances. It doesn’t look at the appliances, but rather the performance of the building itself in areas such as heating and lighting. Ratings come on a scale of A-G, with A being the best rating. Most homes in the UK have a band D-E rating for both the Energy Efficiency and Environmental Impact.

Home improvements

The EPC also outlines some ideas which help to improve the building’s energy performance. Implementing these can lead to lower energy bills, reduced carbon deposits and can make homes more attractive to potential buyers.

 

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