Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) give information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. From 1st October 2008 it will be mandatory for landlords to make Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) available to NEW tenants as part of the lettings process. Each EPC will last for 10 years. EPC's are required for all new residential and commercial buildings. They are also required previous to any residential and commercial building being offered for sale or to let. The responsibility and cost of producing the Certificate lies with the seller or landlord.

EPC Contains the following:

• Information on your home's energy use and carbon dioxide emissions
• A recommendation report with suggestions to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions

EPCs also provide a detailed recommendation report showing what you could do to help reduce the amount of energy you use and your carbon dioxide emissions. The report lists:

• suggested improvements, like fitting loft insulation
• possible cost savings per year, if the improvements are made
• how the recommendations would change the energy and carbon emission rating of the property

The EPC provides information on the energy performance of a building based on the estimated CO2 emissions. They contain a rating for the building, from A - G with "A" being the most energy efficient. The EPC is valid for up to 10 years and cannot be altered but can be replaced by a subsequent Certificate. For more information on saving energy and whether you are eligible for energy efficiency grants to make your home more energy efficient, please contact our assessor Mrs Kirti Desai.