Energy Performance Certificate

Since 1 April 2012, buildings equipped with solar panels must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of Level D or above. The rule covers nearly all building types as defined in the European Commission’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive:

  • Single-family houses of different types
  • Apartment blocks
  • Offices
  • Educational buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Sports facilities
  • Wholesale and retail trade services buildings
  • Other types of energy-consuming buildings.

Property owners who can prove that it is impossible to obtain an EPC certificate for the building to which their solar PV installation is attached or wired to provide electricity will be exempt from this requirement. An exemption certificate must be provided from an accredited Energy Assessor.

Solar PV installations which are attached to a building for which it is not possible to obtain an EPC, may be providing electricity to a building that could obtain an EPC, such as a solar panel installation attached to a barn that also supplies electricity to a farmhouse. In this case, the farmhouse would be required to be rated at EPC level D or above. 

We can provide professional advice on whether an EPC is required and offer a full EPC service should this be necessary.