What is an EPC?

The Energy Performance Certificate (or EPC for short) are required by law for the sale, rental or letting of a property. As the largest certification body in the UK, the team from Stroma Certification work with thousands of energy assessors each day, involved in the production and lodgement of EPCs on many property types. In this article, the Certification explains what the EPC is and how it benefits the UK property market?

What is the EPC?

Your Energy Performance Certificate is a digital record of the energy efficiency of your home or another type of property. The EPC contains a rating from A (meaning the most energy efficient property) to G (meaning the least energy efficiency property). The EPC contains information about how a property uses energy and likely energy costs. It also includes recommendations about measures which can be undertaken to improve the rating of the EPC.

Since 2018, all rented properties have a requirement to hold an ‘E’ rated EPC or higher. If the landlord or owner does not have this rating then the property cannot be let.

When do you need an EPC?

Domestic properties need a valid EPC before they are bought, sold or rented.

Why do I need an EPC?

The EPC is a legal requirement. If you do not have a valid EPC before the property is sold, rented or constructed then you may face a maximum fine of up to £5,000.

There are some exemptions to the requirement for an EPC:

  • A rented room within a house
  • Some listed buildings
  • A property that cannot be modified to make it more energy efficient

Where are EPCs stored?

The Government maintains a Central Register of all Energy Performance Certificates online for domestic and non-domestic properties. The Central Register also includes certificates for public buildings (known as Display Energy Certificates or DECs) and Air Conditioning Inspection Reports (ACIs). You can search the register to find a valid certificate.

Who produces an EPC?

Your EPC should be produced by a certified Energy Assessor. They must be adequately trained and hold membership with one of the Government approved certification providers, such as Stroma Certification. The energy assessor will conduct a visual inspection of your property to produce the EPC. They will use a specialist software platform (such as our RSAP+ software) on a phone or tablet to take measurements and photographs of each room.

When the inspection is complete, the Energy Assessor will ‘lodge’ the EPC so that it appears on the Government's Central Register. EPCs are valid for 10 years.

Stroma Certification represents thousands of energy assessors across the UK. We were one of the first to successfully lodge an EPC.

Find out more about Energy Assessors

Find an Energy Assessor or for more information about our certification services for energy assessors by visiting our Consumer Advice page.