Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

From 21st May 2010, any new build, sold or rented property must have an EPC before it can be purchased.

What is an EPC?

An EPC looks similar to the label on a domestic appliance; it shows a representation of the energy efficiency levels and CO2 emissions of a building. The table goes from A+ to G, A+ being very efficient and G being very inefficient.

In addition to the EPC, you get a report that gives you recommendations on how to reduce your energy usage and save money.

An EPC is valid for 10 years.

For a quote or more information on EPCs, including information on buildings that do not need an EPC such as a place of worship, please contact HRS on 0800 030 4391 / email: or click to go to the KNOWLEDGE Hub.

What does EPC stand for?

EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate.

Do all buildings need an EPC?

If you are building, planning to rent out or planning to sell a dwelling or non-dwelling, then you need to have an EPC.

Exemptions apply for:

  • Buildings used as places of worship or for religious activities
  • Temporary buildings
  • Buildings with low energy demand
  • Stand-alone buildings with a floor area <50m2
  • Buildings that are due to be demolished (certain stipulations apply)
  • Buildings and monuments officially protected as part of a designated environment, or because of their special architectural or historic merit.

How long is an EPC valid for?

An EPC is valid for ten years.

Whose responsibility is it to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate for a newly constructed dwelling or non-dwelling?

The company or person carrying out the construction is responsible

Do I need to show that the building has an EPC when selling or letting?

When a dwelling or non-dwelling is being offered for sale, the seller must make an EPC available to prospective buyers. If it is in the process of being offered to let, the prospective landlord must make an EPC available.

How do I get an EPC?

Please contact HRS on 0800 030 4391 or e-mail and one of HRS’s highly experienced Energy Assessors would be more than happy to discuss your requirements.

When putting together an EPC, what data is assessed?

As an EPC outlines the energy efficiency of a dwelling or non-dwelling. The HRS Energy Assessor would request all relevant information. This would include architectural drawings information and details of services to be installed. All this information is then analysed by one of HRS’s Energy Assessors and an EPC is produced.

What information does an EPC contain?

An EPC provides you and the new owners with an energy efficiency rating for the dwelling or non-dwelling. These are expressed in a rating between ‘A+’ and ‘G’ (A+ being the most efficient). The EPC also contains information on the potential savings that could be made, through the provision of a recommendations report. This includes actions that are not mandatory, but could be used to further enhance the performance of the building, if adhered to.

How much does an Energy Performance Certificate cost?

Prices depend on the number, size and complexity complexity of dwellings or non-dwellings. Please contact HRS on 0800 030 4391 or e-mail and one of HRS’s highly experienced Energy Assessors would be more than happy to discuss your requirements.

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