EPC rules (NEW)
In order to ensure that people selling their homes continue to make an Energy Performance Certificate available to prospective buyers, we have also laid before Parliament the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 which introduce a number of new requirements including:
- a new duty on the seller to secure that an energy performance certificate (EPC) has been commissioned before marketing of the property commences where no such certificate is already available
- an EPC has been commissioned when a Domestic Energy Assessor has been instructed to prepare the EPC and the EPC has either been paid for or has given a clear undertaking to pay for it
- a new duty on the person acting on behalf of the seller to be satisfied that an EPC has been commissioned before commencing marketing
- a new duty on both the seller and a person acting on their behalf to make reasonable efforts to secure an EPC within 28 days
- all of the new duties carry fixed penalties where somebody fails in the duty conferred on them by the new regulations
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Why EPCs ?
Homes currently account for 27 per cent of the UK's energy consumption and carbon emissions, contributing to global climate change.
The way in which we light, heat and use our homes all contribute to this. Even small improvements to the energy performance and the way we use our homes could have a significant effect on our fuel bills and carbon emissions.
Energy Performance Certificates help improve the energy efficiency of all buildings - including homes. If you are buying, selling or renting a home it is now law to have an Energy Performance Certificate. They are also required on construction of new homes.
EPCs form part of a programme of work that will make a difference to the 50 per cent carbon emissions from buildings.
This work is part of European legislation - the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive - which all member states must adopt.