Energy Performance Certificates tell how energy efficient a property is. It remains valid for 10 years and the property needs to be assessed for it by an authorised person before putting it for sale or rent. This helps the prospective buyers or tenants in finding how much their energy bills are going to be.
EPCs are needed to be issued for all domestic and commercial properties but there are few exceptions. There are a few properties that don’t come under this for some reasons. At times, EPC is mistakenly written as EPC Register.
Properties that are exempted:
- Religious buildings
- Listed buildings
- All those residential buildings that are not used more than 4 months in a year
- All those buildings that are unsafe and can cause serious health issues and safety is at risk of the people living there or visiting.
- Properties that are going to be demolished and are already scheduled for it.
- All those stand alone buildings having area of less than 50 sq. m.
- All those agricultural buildings and industrial sites which have minimal energy use and at the same time they are non-residential.
- All those temporary buildings that are not going to be used for a time-period of 2 years or longer.
Apart from that above properties listed above, all other properties need to get Energy Performance Certificate. These certificates are proved to be really helpful. These certificates not only suggest the possible measure that can be taken to make the properties more energy-efficient but at the same time shows how much the energy bills are going to be cost. Anyone can see the EPCratings of a property and it won’t be chargeable. It helps to compare the energy efficiency of two different buildings which further helps to make a wise decision. EPCs also include the details of carbon dioxide emissions. This also helps to make people aware of how badly the environment is suffering because of us and what all measures should be taken to improve the situation.