Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

After much deliberation the Government has slowly been introducing the requirement for Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). These are required to be provided for all homes by European legislation - the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and is one of many initiatives to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and combat climate change.

EPCs have also been made a requirement of UK legislation and are a key element of Home Information Packs (HIPs) which are now required for all homes when they are sold. The Government appears to have muddled through the introduction of these potentially valuable documents for householders and this has caused great confusion. EPCs are required for all new and existing homes that are sold or rented out and all homes will eventually need one. EPCs are sometimes compared to the MOT and log book for a car.

The EPC provides an Energy Efficiency Rating which is graded from G, which is the worst, to A which is the best. The EPC also provides an Environmental Impact Rating, grading carbon dioxide emissions from G, which is the worst, to A which is the best.

The most important part of an EPC is the report which provides recommendations on how to improve the property to reduce energy use, carbon dioxide emissions and the fuel bill and the potential improvement in the rating.

The EPBD also extends non domestic buildings and existing public buildings are required to display an Energy Performance Certificate.

Energy Performance Certificates for homes can only be provided by accredited and qualified Domestic Energy Assessors (DEA). Further details on EPCs and how to find a DEA can be found on This website also provides useful links to find competent and registered trades people to carry out recommended improvements.

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