What is an EPC?
An EPC is an Energy Performance Certificate and it grades you property from A to G with regards to how efficient it is from an energy point of view.
Currently there are 5 forms of EPC split into 2 groups, residential and commercial. More information about commercial EPC’s can be found under the Estate Agent tab.
A residential property is loosely classified as a dwelling where a person or family can live, eat and sleep and it must have it’s own bathroom and kitchen facilities.
There are 2 types of residential EPC’s, the first is for when a new home is being built and is called an ‘On Construction EPC’. It is started before the first brick is laid and uses only the schematic drawings and lists of materials to be used, this method results in a SAP (standard assessment procedure) score.
It is then handed in along with the blue prints to the planning office. Plans cannot be approved until this has been completed. Once the new property has been built the assessor must verify that the building and materials used were as per plan.
The second type is the most common type and is known as an RDSAP EPC (reduced data standard assessment procedure) and is calculated on properties that are already built.
If you are looking to market a property for either sale or rent an EPC must, by law, be displayed along with the property details so potential buyers are aware of the efficiency of a property.
The only exceptions to this rule is if a property is marketed with the intention of it being completely knocked down and a new property erected in its place or if the property is a listed building and therefore restricted to what types of improvements can be made.