Energy Performance Certificates became effective from 1 December 2008. The introduction of the Single Survey requires all domestic properties which are sold or marketed after 1st December 2008 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.

An EPC is a Certificate which states the energy efficiency of a building based on the standardised way in which a building is used. The Certificate is based upon the efficiency of the building and not the way it is used. CO2 ratings are shown in bands from A-G with A being the least polluting. The performance of the measured building is benchmarked 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.

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). A Residential EPC is valid for 10 years unless major modifications to the building have been made within this timeframe.

The chairman of the National Landlords’ Association advises landlords to get their EPCs sorted out as quickly as possible so that they are ahead of the game when it comes to re-letting a property.

Graham + Sibbald understand that both the European Union and the Scottish Parliament are currently considering additional measures and requirements to be introduced as part of the EPC Legislation. Graham + Sibbald will keep you updated of any changes in the Regulations.

Graham + Sibbald is an approved Organisation by the RICS, with qualified Energy Assessors to provide Energy Performance Certificates for both the commercial and residential sector.

If you would like to discuss EPCs further or obtain an EPC quotation or if you are unsure about whether an EPC is required then please call your local GS office (see contacts).