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What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

An EPC is the governments chosen way of complying with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. Its purpose is to record how energy efficient a property is. The certificate will provide a rating of the energy efficiency and CO2 emissions of a building and these will be displayed on a graph very similar to those found on new electrical appliances such as fridges, etc.

How long is an EPC valid

Under current legislation an EPC is valid for 10 years.

Which properties require an EPC

All commercial and domestic buildings being sold or rented require an EPC. There are however some exceptions and these are:

  • Buildings which are used primarily or solely as places of worship
  • Temporary buildings with a planned use time of two years or less
  • Industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings with low energy demand
  • Stand alone buildings with a total useful floor area of less than 50m2 which are not dwellings
  • Dwellings with relevant planning permission for demolition
  • Any building that has been listed by English Heritage.
  • Residential buildings that are intended to be used less than four months of the year.


Holiday lets may not need an EPC. An EPC will only be required for a property rented out as a furnished holiday let, as defined by HMRC, where the building is occupied for the purposes of a holiday let as a result of a short term letting arrangement of less than 31 days to each tenant, and is rented out for a combined total of four months or more in any twelve month period, and the occupier is responsible for meeting the energy costs for the property. The property must meet all the conditions of a furnished holiday let as defined by HMRC and the occupant must not be responsible for the energy costs in order for an EPC not to be necessary.

How do I obtain an EPC

By calling us on 01503 265265 or sending an email direct to our assessor

A site visit to inspect the property and collect the data needed to produce an EPC will usually take between 45 minutes and one hour. The inspection is non obtrusive but may require you to move certain objects so that we can access the central heating boiler, hot water cylinder, loft, etc.

We can normally, subject to access, visit a property and produce an EPC within 48 hours of receiving your instructions.

For your peace of mind

Our Domestic Energy Assessor is City and Guilds trained, fully insured and accredited by Elmhurst Energy Systems, a government approved energy rating provider and the largest overall accreditor of energy assessors in the UK.