Why We Need Energy Performance Certificates

EPCs in North Wales?

Homes currently account for 27 percent of the UK’s carbon emissions, contributing to global climate change. The way in which we light, heat and use our homes all contribute to this. Even small improvements to the energy performance and the way we use our homes could have a significant effect on our fuel bills and carbon emissions.

Why Do We need Energy Performance Certificates – EPC?

If you are buying or selling a home it is now law to have an Energy Performance Certificate. They are also required on construction of new homes and are needed for rented homes the first time the property is let after 1 October 2008

When is the EPC Required?

The EPC must be made available for any home, free of charge, to a prospective buyer at the earliest opportunity and in any event where any of the following events happens:

  1. When the building is viewed
  2. If written information about the building is provided to a prospective purchaser
  3. Before contracts are exchanged

The EPC must be made available for any home, free of charge, to a prospective tenant at the earliest opportunity and in any event where any of the following events happens:

  1. When the home is viewed
  2. If written information about the home is provided to a prospective tenant
  3. Before the tenant signs a contract to rent the home.

How Long is an EPC Valid For?

An EPC is valid for up to 10 years, unless a newer EPC is produced for the property, in which case only the latter is valid.

Exemptions for Domestic EPC Requirements

You don’t need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) if you can demonstrate that the building is any of these:

  •  Listed or officially protected and the minimum energy performance requirements would unacceptably alter it (applies to properties being sold and not rentals which still require an EPC) Properties must be on the CADW or English Heritage listings to qualify for exemption.
  • A temporary building only going to be used for 2 years or less
  • Used as a place of worship or for other religious activities
  • An industrial site, workshop or non-residential agricultural building that doesn’t use much energy
  • A detached building with a total floor space under 50 square meters
  • Due to be demolished by the seller or landlord and they have all the relevant planning and conservation consents

Vacant Buildings and Demolition

A building is also exempt if all of the following are true:

  • It’s due to be sold or rented out with vacant possession
  • It’s suitable for demolition and the site could be redeveloped
  • The buyer or tenant has applied for planning permission to demolish it

** We cover North WalesConwyGwynedd & Anglesey for Energy Performance Certificates EPCs