10 Year Anniversary of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
Elmhurst Energy is the largest Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) Accreditation Scheme in the UK, and are experts in all things related to energy efficiency in domestic and commercial buildings.
As many of you will know 2017 marks the ten year anniversary for energy performance certificates which means some of the earliest EPCs have now expired.
Our first action was to write to Government (DCLG) in E&W asking that they change the Registers to make it more obvious which EPCs are out of date, they replied that they are minded not to alter anything on the Registers; thus it is down to enforcement agencies to understand that even though an EPC is available from the register it does not mean it is a legally valid document.
To help inform Industry and aid compliance, Martyn Reed MD of Elmhurst has personally written to the Chief Executives of the Law Society, Conveyancing Association, Association of Residential Letting Agents , National Association of Estate Agents, National Landlords Association and the Residential Landlords Association.
In the letter Elmhurst reminded them and their members that EPCs are valid for 10 years, and that they first came into law in England & Wales on 1st August 2007, as part of the Home Information Pack (HIPs) for domestic property sales with four or more bedrooms. They were rolled out with different milestones over the next few years, for different property types and in different regions of the UK.
The EPC can be obtained from the National Energy Performance Certificate Registers, of which there are three in total; one for properties in England & Wales, one for Scotland and one for Northern Ireland.
To check the validity of EPCs that they must first obtain the EPC for the property and then, just as importantly, check the date of certificate, normally displayed on the first page. Only certificates less than ten years old are legally valid.
Up to now everyone assumes that an EPC is valid if it simply exists, we are clarifying that this can no longer be assumed, and an extra check is required when ensure valid EPCs are in place for property sales and lettings.
This seems timely as a new ‘Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards’ (MEES) which are in place in England and Wales prohibit private landlords from granting a new tenancy of a home or a non domestic building with an EPC rating of ‘F’ or ‘G’ from 1st April 2018.
Martyn Reed commented; “We feel it our responsibility to help with compliance and regulatory organisations to ensure that they understand any milestone that are applicable to EPCs. We campaign for energy efficiency to be more widely used and understood, the more up to date the assessment; the more useful the document is to landlords, tenants and home owners. We feel sure that Energy Assessment has moved up a notch or two with the advent of MEES and are delighted that Scotland are consulting on a similar proposal for private lettings in Scotland; the policy of improving the worst performing properties in the UK, can only be good for the families and businesses living and operating in them.”
“We will continue to help all Industries and stakeholders, providing factsheets and information in order to help the compliance industry in their role of enforcing energy efficiency standards and regulations throughout the UK.”
Further info and fact sheets on MEES:
Energy Performance Certificate Registers:
England & Wales:
Non Domestic (commercial) buildings
England & Wales