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An EPC, Energy Performance Certificate, is a document that maps out the energy efficiency of your property, whether that may be a residential or commercial property. The certificate uses a standard traffic light rating system that ranges from A+ to G, if your property is assessed with an A+ grade, it is deemed as the most energy efficient, whereas if you are given a G rating, then your property is the least energy efficient.
Your Energy Performance Certificate will consist of a 4-page document, provide you energy rating and it will issue recommendations and suggestions to help you improve your energy efficiency, along with the cost of these improvements and the potential savings from the recommendations.
As of 2018, legislation for EPCs were enforced, requiring residential landlords to maintain an energy efficiency standard of at least an E rating. As a residential property owner, if you wish to rent, sell or build a property, you are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate. If you fail to provide an EPC, you may be liable to pay a fine of up to £5,000. Additionally, when you request an EPC and it is provided, it will be valid for 10 years.
If you are a commercial property owner you must provide an EPC, otherwise you will be at risk of a fine from £500-£5,000. Additionally, if your property meets this criteria: total floor exceeds 500sqm and it is a building that is frequently visited by the public, you are required to display your EPC by fixing it to your commercial property. A commercial properties’ Energy Performance Certificate is also valid for a period of 10 years.
Let us dive into the world of Energy Performance Certificates (EPC), what they are and why you need one.