Energy performance certificates

Any property that is built, sold or rented out in England and Wales is required by law to have an energy performance certificate

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) were introduced to help improve the energy efficiency of buildings.

An Energy Performance Certificate contains:

  • Information on a property’s energy use and carbon dioxide emissions
  • A recommendation report with suggestions to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions

The property will be given an energy efficiency rating which shows the energy and carbon emission efficiency using a grade from ‘A’ to ‘G’, with ‘A’ being the most energy efficient and ‘G’ being the least.

These are similar to the labels now provided with domestic appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines. All homes are measured in the same way, allowing you to compare the energy efficiency of different properties.

The recommendation report shows improvements that can be made to help reduce the amount of energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. The report lists:

  • suggested improvements, like fitting loft insulation
  • possible cost savings per year, if the improvements are made
  • how the recommendations would change the energy carbon emission rating of the property
  • detailed estimates of potential energy use, carbon dioxide emissions and fuel costs
  • details of the person who carried out the EPC assessment
  • details of who to contact if you want to make a complaint

It is not necessary to act on the recommendations in the report but if you decided to do so, it could make your property more energy efficient.

EPC's are produced by an accredited domestic energy assessor following a visit to the property. They are valid for 10 years and the cost is set by the accredited organisations that issue them.

Conveyancing partner

Co-op Legal Services works closely with our conveyancing partners, to ensure they provide you with a high quality, fast and competitively priced service. Once you agree, you will become their client and they will undertake your conveyancing work. Our Approved Partner will confirm the contact information, experience and qualifications of anyone carrying out the work for you and will give you their terms of business.

We monitor the service our conveyancing partners provide to ensure it provides you with the service you would expect to receive. Our partners are fully regulated and authorised by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers and/or the Solicitors Regulation Authority. For introducing you, our conveyancing partners will pay Co-op Legal Services a referral fee. The amount of the referral fee may vary depending on the conveyancing partner. This is not added to your charges and you will not have to pay anything extra. It is paid directly by them to cover our marketing and administration costs.

About Co-op Legal Services

Co-op Legal Services has over 600 staff working in different businesses with offices in Manchester, Bristol, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sheffield and London.

As part of the Co-op Group, our values of openness, honesty, social responsibility and caring for others are core to the service we provide.