Energy Performance Certificates – also known as EPC – measure the energy efficiency and environmental impact of a building.
It’s important to remember you will need an EPC in order to legally rent or sell a property.
Energy Performance Certificates are part of the government’s strategy to help people save money on energy bills and cut carbon emissions.
The EU introduced EPC’s in 2002 and were made compulsory in the UK in 2007. Upon leaving the EU, the government has highlighted that these regulations will be retained and expanded.
If your SAP Calculations or SBEM Calculations are complete and correct, your assessor will issue an EPC. Depending on whether the building is domestic or commercial, an EPC will rate your building from A–G or 1–100. A is the best rating a residential property can get and G is the worst. Equally, 1 is the worst rating a commercial building can score and 100 is the best.
A building generally needs an updated certificate every ten years. However, if the property undergoes an extension or conversion it will need a new EPC sooner.
As an EPC shows the Energy Performance of your property, it will also show where improvements can be made to make your home or office/commercial space more energy efficient. Once completed, you will be provided with suggested, cost effective improvements that you can make to increase your EPC rating even further.