This in now the 3rd generation of EPC and looks very different from what we are used to. So, whats going on and how will this effect you?
Will this have an effect on my ratings?
In a word – No. The methodology remains the same so your EPC will not differ.
What are the main differences?
Ultimately the Government have made the EPC a virtual document as opposed to its PDF predecessor. You now have to draw the information from the new and not so catchy website – https://find-energy-certificate.digital.communities.gov.uk/
Here you can simply enter a postcode to find the relevant EPC. You can still use the old register to find EPC’s but anything carried out after the 20th September 2020 wont be available unless you access it through the new register!
Why the change?
In a nutshell, the Government are bringing everything in-house. In the past it has been outsourced to a company called Landmark where the contract with them wasn’t renewed and the Energy Performance of Buildings Register was born.
Brexit has had its part in bringing this forward. Now we are no longer obliged to conform to the EU’s directive the government feels it it necessary and important to carry on with these assessments.
Can I still have my EPC in PDF Format?
Fundamentally the new EPC’s are now in a web format but you can generate a PDF version through the print option. This isn’t how it was intended and the design is lacking in style but it does contain the information you need.
Is my old EPC still valid?
Yes, provided it is still in date. They last for 10 years and unless you had carried out significant works then your fine.