Energy performance certificates

An energy performance certificate (EPC) gives a property an energy efficiency rating. Ratings go from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).

Certificates are valid for 10 years.

You must order an EPC before you market your property. An accredited assessor will assess your property and produce the certificate. You can find details of local assessors on the Energy Saving Trust website.

Once obtained display it in the property.


Improving energy efficiency

In May 2018 The Scottish Government announced minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented properties.

The standards form part of the Energy Efficient Scotland programme. It aims to ensure homes and buildings are warmer, greener and more efficient. You can read more about this programme in the Energy Efficiency Scotland route map.

The new minimum energy efficiency standards for private rented properties in Scotland will be phased in and will increase over time:

  • from 1 April 2020, any new tenancy will require the property to have an EPC of at least band E
  • by 31 March 2022, all properties will need to have at least EPC band E
  • from 1 April 2022, any new tenancy will require the property to have an EPC of at least band D
  • by 31 March 2025, all properties will need to have at least EPC band D
  • from 1 April 2025, any new tenancy will require the property to have an EPC of at least band C (this requirement is currently in consultation).
  • by 2030, all properties will need to have at least EPC band C

For advice on how to make your property more energy-efficient visit Home Energy Scotland.