Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

What are they? EPCs tell you how energy efficient a building is and give it a rating from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). Much like the multi-coloured energy rating stickers on new appliances. They let you know how costly the building will be to heat and light, and what its carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be.

How can I get an EPC? Our Andy Tunstall is a fully qualified Domestic Energy Advisor and can carry out EPCs on existing domestic buildings.  If your property is a new build or a commercial premises then different schemes apply that we can source for you. See the bottom of this page for prices.

Can I do anything to change the Rating? Yes, you can! The EPC will also tell you what the energy-efficiency rating could be if you made the recommended improvements, and highlights cost-effective ways to achieve a better rating. Even if you rent your home, you could still implement some improvements noted on the EPC, such as switching to more energy-efficient light bulbs.

How Long are they Valid for? EPCs are valid for 10 years from when issued. You can look to see if your property already has an EPC at the Landmark Register

This is what an EPC looks like if you’re trying to find your copy:

When would I need one? You need to have an EPC if you are:

  • Selling your property
  • Applying for the Renewable Heating Incentive (Government payment that you get for installing a heat pump into your property to replace oil, LPG or solid fuel – subject to conditions)
  • Renting out your property
    • Note that if you are renting out your property Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) ratings are currently as follows:
      • England & Wales from 1/4/2018 – Minimum “E”
    • There are proposals to increase this level and to introduce similar schemes in Scotland and Northern Ireland.  It is advisable to check regulations before renting out your property and to regularly check for increases in requirements.

Why do I need an EPC to apply for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Qualifying renewable heat technologies only work well in well insulated homes. There are 4 technologies covered:

  • 1 and 2 electrically powered air & ground source heat pumps which produce hot water for heating the property and hot water use
  • 3 biomass stoves & burners
  • 4 solar thermal for hot water heating only ( ie not heating the property itself)

They all need to have:

  • An EPC that is less than 2 years old
  • An EPC that accurately reflects the current state of the property, eg it may need to be updated if construction work such as an extension has been done during the last 2 years and is not reflected in the previous EPC
  • If the EPC recommends loft and/or cavity wall insulation it must be installed prior to RHI application unless the property is in one of the exemption categories (see below)
  • If you own your home then you can claim the RHI if the above points are satisfied. It’s slightly more complicated for tenants – it depends who pays for and installs the system – if the landlord pays then the landlord claims the RHI – if the tenant pays then the tenant can apply for the RHI, but written permission must always be obtained from the landlord if any changes are made to the property.

Exemptions to the clause on loft and/or cavity wall insulation, which must be appropriately evidenced. If the property:

  • Is a listed building
  • Is situated in a conservation area
  • Is a habitat for endangered species, eg bats
  • Is subject to local environmental conditions, eg regular exposure to driving rain
  • Has certain structural issues, eg timber framed
  • Is not suitable for other lawful reasons

How can I get an EPC? Our Andy Tunstall is a fully qualified Domestic Energy Assessor and can carry out EPCs on existing domestic buildings.  If your property is a new build or a commercial premises then different schemes apply that we can source for you.

We charge £80 per EPC, which is payable on booking.  If you make the changes shown on the EPC within a 3 month period and you can provide us with evidence of the changes (send us receipts/photos) then we do not charge you to submit the updates and get your EPC changed. However, if another site visit is required then we need to charge an extra £30 to cover our time – this also has to be done within 3 months of the original EPC.

We currently cover Berks, Hants, Oxfordshire and Bucks and can source Domestic Energy Assessors to do EPCs outside of these counties for you for the same price.