What is an Energy Performance Certificate?
An EPC gives information on how energy efficient a building is and how it could be improved. You need an EPC when you are renting a property to a new tenant The EPC shows the building’s ‘energy efficiency rating’, which gives you an idea of how much fuel bills are likely to be and the building’s ‘environmental impact rating’, which shows how much the building affects the environment with CO2 emissions.
Both ratings are on a scale from A to G, with A being the best. You’re also given a ‘potential’ rating, which is the rating the building could reach if the suggested improvements were made.It’s the law in Scotland to have the EPC ‘affixed’ to the building, building standards guidance suggests in the boiler or meter cupboard.
A ‘recommendations report’ is provided with an EPC. This gives more detailed information on the energy efficiency of the building, how to improve it and possible costs.