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Energy Performance Certificates

Example EPC - Energy Performance Certificate

In the UK an EPC or Energy Performance Certificate must be provided for any property being sold or which is available for rent. In accordance with European Law the Government  must promote improvement on the energy performance of all new and existing buildings.

This includes a requirement to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to any prospective buyer or tenant of a property. An EPC must be carried out by a Certified Energy Assessor, either domestic or commercial, dependent on the building type.

What is an Energy Performance Certificate?

An EPC is a standardised certificate which shows the energy efficiency of a home or building based on several factors including boiler efficiency, levels of insulation etc. Guidance and info on what an EPC’s in Scotland must contain can be found on the Scottish Excecutive’s Website - EPC’s.

EPC’s  - Legislation

Any building application submitted after the 9th January 2013 must include an EPC from a qualified EPC Assessor. An EPC is required for all new buildings and properties sold or rented in Scotland. For newly built properties the EPC is part of the building warrant completion certificate process.

Enforcement of EPC’s

EPC enforcement lies with the local authority or Council. Each local authourity in Scotland will have its own guidance on the Regulation and enforcement of EPC’s. National guidance on EPC’s in Scotland can be downloaded here EPC Guidance .

More information on EPC Legislation is available at the link below.
Scottish Executive - Energy Performance Certificates.

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