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An Energy Performance Certificate contains:

  • An energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years (or until a replacement is produced). In April 2018, a new legal standard for minimum energy efficiency was applied to all rented residential and commercial buildings. Both domestic and non-domestic private rented properties, which have an EPC rating below an 'E' now require some energy efficiency improvement or be registered with a qualifying exemption.
  • Current and potential costings for heating, lighting and hot water for dwellings.
  • A summary of the property's energy performance related features for dwellings.
  • Recommendations on how to improve the energy efficiency of the property with explanations.


EPCs are required whenever a property is:

  • Built
  • Sold
  • Rented


An EPC is required for potential buyers and tenants before a property is marketed to sell or rent.