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Why are EPCs required?
Which Buildings require an EPC?
When are EPCs required?
What is an EPC and what does it mean?
Providing information to prospective buyers and tenants
Who should conduct energy assessments?
Situations where an EPC may be unobtainable
What to do?

Why energy performance certificates are required

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is intended to inform potential buyers or tenants about the energy performance of a building, so they can consider energy efficiency as part of their investment or business decision to buy or occupy that building.

Buildings requiring an Energy Performance Certificate Back to Top

An EPC is only required for a building when constructed, sold or let.

A building can either be:

When Energy Performance Certificates are required Back to Top

EPCs for sale or letting of buildings other than dwellings will be valid for 10 years.

What is an EPC and what does it mean? Back to Top

The EPC looks broadly similar to the energy labels now provided with vehicles and many appliances. Its purpose is to indicate how energy efficient a building is.

Each energy rating is based on the characteristics of the building itself and its services. Hence this type of rating is known as an asset rating.

In addition to the asset ratings, EPCs must convey:-

RESPONSIBILITIES FOR PROVIDING EPCs WHEN SELLING OR LETTING A NON - DWELLING

As soon as a building is in the process of being offered for SALE, it is the responsibility of the SELLER to make available an EPC to prospective buyers.

As soon as a building is in the process of being offered for LET, it is the responsibility of the Prospective Landlord to make available an EPC to prospective tenants.

It is the responsibility of the seller or landlord offering the accommodation for sale or let to make an EPc available for their building. A lease assignment would be considered to be a sale or letting and the assignor should normally provide the EPC. The landlord's obligations will generally be satisfied if the assignor provides the EPC to the assignee.

The seller or landlord is responsible for ensuring there is an EPC for the building, or part of the building being sold or let, even if an agent is acting on their behalf or providing an EPC. The seller or landlord should therefore ensure any agents acting on their behalf are complying with the Regulations.

FOR THOSE CONSIDERING SELLING, LETTING OR SUB-LETTING A BUILDING, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE AVAILABILITY OF AN EPC IS ENSURED AT AN EARLY STAGE TO BE READY FOR ANY FUTURE TRANSACTION.

Certain transactions maybe not requiring an EPC could for example be:-

Who should conduct energy assessments? Back to Top

The people able to conduct energy assessments and produce EPCs must be accredited energy assessors and be members of an accreditation scheme. The accreditation scheme is responsible for ensuring certificates are properly registered and also for the quality of the certificate you receive.

Providing information to prospective buyers and tenants Back to Top

A valid EPC and recommendation report must be made available free of charge by the seller or landlord to a prospective buyer or tenant when non-dwellings are sold or let. This information should be provided at the earliest opportunity and no later than:

An EPC does not have to be made available if:

Situations where an EPC may be unobtainable Back to Top

The relevant person will not be liable to a penalty charge notice:

  1. in a sale or rental where a request for an EPc has been made at least 14 days before required and despite all reasonable efforts and enquires, a valid EPC is not in the possession or control of the seller or prospective landlord. The EPC should nonetheless be made available to prospective buyers or tenants as soon as the duty holder has it; or
  2. in a rental:

What to do? Back to Top

So there is a lot to take in with these new Regulations. If you are planning on selling or letting your licensed trade business or a sale is likely to complete on or after the 1st October 2008, please telephone Gwen on 01305 755615, who will put you ion touch with our energy assessor consultants, all of whom have the necessary credentials.

They will be able to advise and assist you through the whole process including quotations for single and multiple units.

Please quote PUBSHOP when speaking with our Energy Assessor Consultants.

Remember as things stand at the moment D Day for EPCs is 1 OCTOBER 2008.

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Contents and Links:
Why are EPCs required?
Which Buildings require an EPC?
When are EPCs required?
What is an EPC and what does it mean?
Providing information to prospective buyers and tenants
Who should conduct energy assessments?
Situations where an EPC may be unobtainable
What to do?