Energy performance certificates

The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is broadly similar to the labels now provided with domestic appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines.

Following changes in legislation, from the 6th April 2008, all homes built and physically complete on or after this date, will need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) provided on construction.

It is the responsibility of the builder to provide an EPC when a home is constructed and physically completed from 6th April 2008. This will also apply if a building is converted into fewer or more units and changes are made to the heating, hot water provision or air conditioning/ventilation services.

When the home is physically complete, the builder must obtain an EPC from an accredited On Construction Energy Assessor for the home, provide EPC to the new owner of the home and notify the local authority building control officer or approved inspector that this has been done.

Once building control are satisfied the EPC has been properly produced and provided to the relevant party, they are able to issue a final completion certificate. From 6th April 2008, a final completion certificate for a home cannot be issued by building control unless they are satisfied an EPC has been provided.

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) Required for the construction, sale or rent of Buildings other than Dwellings with a floor area over 10,000SQM.

From the 6th April 2008, all buildings other than dwellings with a floor area over 10,000 sqm built and physically complete on or after this date, will need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) provided on construction.

It is the responsibility of the builder to provide and EPC when a building over 10,000 sqm is constructed and physically completed from 6th April 2008.

When the building is physically complete, the builder must obtain an EPC fro the building, provide the EPC to the new owner of the building and notify the local authority building control officer or approved inspector that this have been done.

Once building control are satisfied the EPC has been properly produced and provided to the relevant party, they are able to issue a final completion certificate. From 6th April 2008, a final completion certificate for a building over 10,000 sqm cannot be issued by building control unless they are satisfied an EPC has been provided.

For your assistance, a standard declaration notice is available for download.

Information on Energy Performance Certificates and what they mean is available