Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
An Energy Performance Certificate is a report that shows how efficient a home is in terms of energy consumption. It assigns an energy rating on a scale which ranges from “A” (most efficient) to “G” (low performance). The EPC has directly nothing to do with the built quality of the property, it just shows energy performance of the building, in terms of fossil fuels and CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions released into the environment.
The purpose of this certificate is to measure and compare the overall energy efficiency of buildings, in compliance with European legislation. The certificate is valid for 10 years. In order to improve the energy efficiency of his home (better rating scale), the owner can follow the recommendation given within the certificate of his property. The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is now a requirement and legal obligation for any property owner, wishing the market, sell or rent his property. Without this certificate, the owner of a property will not be able to sell his property, as the EPC will be required by the Notary on completion of a sale.