Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) give information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Any building which is constructed, sold or rented requires an EPC.
EPCs carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions with potential figures that your property could achieve.
The rating measures the energy and carbon emission efficiency of your home using a grade from ‘A’ to ‘G’. An ‘A’ rating is the most efficient, while ‘G’ is the least efficient. These ratings are calculated by comparing the actual building with a reference building which meets the Target Emissions Requirement. A rating of B or above means your building performs as well as or better than the reference building, a rating of C or below means your building performs worse than the reference building.
Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions would be if recommended energy saving measures were put in place.
All buildings are measured using the same calculations, so you can compare the energy efficiency of different properties.
An EPC is required for a building whenever it is constructed, sold or let. For the purposes of the regulations, a building is defined as:
“a roofed construction having walls, for which energy is used to condition the indoor climate, and a reference to a building includes a reference to a part of a building which has been designed or altered to be used separately”.
Environment (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations 2012
For a building to fall within the requirement for an EPC it must:
A building can either be:
A car park, for example, open at the sides with lighting, would not constitute a building for the purposes of requiring an EPC.
The following buildings do not need an EPC when they are built, rented or sold:
If you are looking to develop a new build, a conversion or the extension of premises you will need to submit a Predictive Energy Assessment at the same time as your planning/building application. This is simply the SBEM-GI calculation for your building design in order to demonstrate that the proposed building will meet the minimum energy performance standards.
How do I get an EPC?
The following is a list of government accredited energy assessors who are qualified to carry out an energy assessment of your property and produce an Energy Performance Certificate.
AMA Services Ltd
Sharrock Shand Design
Arc Designs Ltd
Arc Designs Ltd
Ruth Massias Greenberg
Gamma Concepts Ltd
E&M Consulting Engineers Limited
EPC Portal Ltd
Gibraltar Joinery & Building Services Limited
Richardsons Chartered Surveyors
The Department of the Environment has established a program for the inspection of boilers fired by non-renewable liquid or solid fuel of an effective rated output of 20 kW to 100kW.
Such boilers will be inspected by accredited independent experts a minimum of every two years. The inspector will provide advice to the users on the replacement of the boilers, other modifications to the heating system and on alternative solutions.
With regards to air conditioning systems, any such system with an effective rated output of 12kW or more will be subject to an inspection by an accredited independent expert a minimum of every 5 years. The inspector will provide appropriate advice to users on possible improvement or replacement of the air-conditioning system and on alternative solutions.
A list of accredited independent experts can be found below.