EPC Check

What is an Energy Performance Certificate

An EPC is a targeted energy efficient overview of a property that helps to identify what energy improvement measures are currently in place and what could be undertaken for that property, helping you cut usage, bills and save CO2.

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are needed whenever a property is:

  • built
  • sold
  • rented
You must order an EPC for potential buyers and tenants before you market your property to sell or rent.


An EPC contains:

  • information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs
  • recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money

An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and it is valid for 10 years.

How to get an EPC

You’ll need to find an accredited assessor. Here at Capital Direct Build we have our own in house assessor who can take care of everything for you. Please call our office today and book your appointment.


What things are checked for an EPC 

A site visit will be arranged to suit the client then one of our Energy Assessors will attend. The inspection should take between 25 minutes and 1 hour and will cause the minimum of inconvenience. The only significant factor to be aware of is that our Assessor will need access to the loft space, your boiler and electric meter. An internal and external inspection of the property is carried out for the purpose of the EPC.

  • Note the construction of your walls.
  • Measure the roof insulation.
  • Confirm how many windows are double glazed.
  • Count the number of open fireplaces.
  • Check the make and model of boiler under EU SEDBUK regulations.
  • Look for green devices such as solar panels.
  • Calculate the number of low energy light bulbs.
  • Confirm the type of heating system used e.g. radiators, underfloor heating, electric etc.
  • Categories the type of material used to insulate hot water cylinder.
  • Measure heat loss through roof.
  • Check for excessive window area in larger houses.
  • Take precise measurements of conservatories and extensions.

What are the penalties for not having one?

On a domestic property you can be fined in the region of £200 for failure to possess a valid EPC as
On a commercial property you can be fined on a sale up to £5,000. On a rental or lease up to 12.5%
of the rental incomes.
Trading Standards are the enforcement body and have indicated that they are now actively seeking
to enforce EPC legislation since the demise of HIPs



EPCs do have a valuable role in providing targeted energy efficiency advice. They exist to help people
make informed decisions on how to improve their property and to help them cut the costs of
running the property. They are mandatory in certain circumstances but always remember to look at
the full information the report contains and think about acting on it.

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