Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) became effective in Scotland from 1 December 2008. The introduction of the Single Survey requires all domestic properties which are sold or marketed after 1st December 2008 are to have an EPC in place at the commencement of marketing activities.
Any residential property, not subject of a Home Report, will however require an EPC in place at the point of the first sale or letting of the property after the 4th of January 2009.
The Scottish Government introduced the Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to comply with the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008.
What is an EPC Report?
An EPC report is a Certificate which states the energy efficiency of a building based on the standardised way in which a building is used. CO2 ratings are shown in bands from A-G. A being very efficient, G being very inefficient. The performance of the measured building is bench-marked against current Building Standards and recommended cost effective improvements.
The cost effective improvements within the EPC will reduce the carbon omissions generated, save energy and make buildings more attractive to prospective buyers or tenants. A building can be made more energy efficient by improving the heating system, insulation or air conditioning system.
Who is responsible for providing an EPC?
Home owners are responsible for ensuring that an Energy Performance Certificate is made available. Failure to provide an EPC means you may be liable for a fine (£200 per complaint).