Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)An energy labelling system has been introduced to measure the overall energy efficiency of buildings.
The higher the rating, the more energy-efficient the building is. And the more energy efficient the building is, the lower the fuel bills are likely to be.
All new buildings and buildings for sale or rent need an energy performance certificate (EPC).
The certificate is accompanied by a report and list of recommendations for improving the energy rating of the building.
This report will include the costs involved for each recommendation as well as typical savings and the improved performance rating should the recommendations be carried out.
When were the certificates introduced in Northern Ireland?
|Type of property||EPC required from:|
|Dwellings for sale||30 June 2008|
|New buildings||30 September 2008|
|Properties for rent||30 December 2008|
|Properties (other than dwellings) for sale||30 December 2008|
|Public sector buildings||30 December 2008|
Who needs an EPC?Anyone who is selling, renting out or constructing a building will need an energy performance certificate for that property.
You won't be required to produce an EPC if you are:
- not selling or renting your property
- renting your property and both parties signed a contract before 30 December 2008
- selling your property and the buyer intends to demolish it
- places of worship
- stand-alone buildings of less than 50 square metres (except for dwellings)
- temporary buildings.
Who is responsible for getting the certificate?
- if a building is being sold then the owner of the property is responsible
- if a building is being rented then the landlord of the property is responsible
- if a building is being constructed then the the builder is responsible.
How do I get an EPC?You can only get an EPC from an accredited energy assessor. We advise you to shop around before commissioning a certificate.
The energy assessor will visit your property to complete the energy assessment. Don't forget to ask for photographic identification before letting anyone into your property.
The energy assessor will record the EPC on the Northern Ireland register which is available at www.niepcregister.com and they'll then provide you with a copy of the certificate.
Finding an energy assessorYou can find an accredited energy assessor in your area at www.niepcregister.com
How much does it cost to get a certificate?A certificate for the average Northern Ireland home is around £100, but the price will be set by market demand so it can vary.
For other properties, the cost depends on the size and complexity of the building.
If you have any queries about energy performance certificates, contact our building control technical helpline on 028 9027 0650.
For more information, go to the Northern Ireland Domestic Energy Performance Certificate Register website: www.niepcregister.com