What is an EPC and do I need one to sell my home?

Published: 07/01/2022 By Tom Bloomfield

Since 2008, vendors have been required to produce an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when selling their homes.

An EPC is a measure of a property’s energy efficiency and an assessment of its potential to improve in that respect. An assessment is valid for ten years and a property’s score will range from A (very good) to G (poor). An EPC must be assessed and produced by an accredited energy assessor who will take into account a number of factors relating to the fabric of a building and the services, such as build, heating, lighting and insulation.

Estate agents are required to include a property’s EPC score in all marketing material and if no EPC exists, one needs to be commissioned within seven days of launch. Properties which are let must reach an EPC rating of at least E.

Properties that do not require an EPC include those which are historic (due to special architectural merit or being listed buildings), those which have a demolition order and those which are occupied for less than four months a year.

At Bloomfield Grey, we provide a free energy performance assessment and certificate for every property we launch for sale (where one is required).

If you are not selling but are looking to arrange an EPC for your home we recommend Adrydog.

More detail on exemptions and what is included in an EPC can be found on this link.