So – what is an EPC? EPC stands for ‘Energy Performance Certificate’. An EPC rates the energy efficiency of homes, commercial and industrial properties. An EPC will help a potential buyer or tenant check the running costs and environmental impact of running a building.
Why do I need one?
It is against the law to rent or sell any domestic property without energy performance certification. An EPC proves that your building follows Part L of The Building Regulations. Furthermore, it is important information for potential buyers or tenants. The same laws govern commercial buildings as residential buildings . However, there are some exceptions. To find out more read our guide to Who Needs an EPC?
How are they done?
- Checking the Dwelling Emissions Rate (DER) or Building Emissions Rate (BER) is lower than the Target Emissions Rate (TER) specified by your SAP or SBEM calculations.
- Assess any changes or updates to the building fabric, heating, cooling or ventilation systems.
- If the property is residential, we’ll give the building a rating from A–G, with A being the most energy efficient and G being the least.
- If the property is commercial we’ll give the building a rating from 0–100, 100 being the most energy efficient and 0 being the least.
- Log the property into the government’s landmark register to complete energy performance certification.
In order for these assessments to be made, you should provide us with as much information as possible. This includes SAP or SBEM reports, details on the heating and ventilation systems, air tightness test score (for L1A) and anything that might be different since design stage. UKBC will also need the property’s full address for registration.