An Energy Performance Certificate is a legal document required when you sell or rent a property. It illustrates how energy efficient the property is. The Certificates will give each building a rating from A-G based on the running costs for heating hot water and lighting. An 'A' rating is very good, meaning low fuel costs and a 'G' rated property would have alot higher fuel costs.
The Certificates will also give the properties an 'Enviromental Impact' rating by indicating its carbon dioxide emmissions.
There will also be a list of cost-effective actions to improve the buildings rating. The potential rating is based on all the recommendations being implemented.
The cost of the measures recommended will vary, but the certificate will distinguish between those that cost under £500 and those that could cost more, such as double glazing or newheating systems.
The certificate will also list further measures that will help achieve the highest possible ratings for the home, but which could be expensive and will take more than seven years