Consultation outcome

Energy Performance Certificates in buildings: call for evidence

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Detail of outcome

The call for evidence received a total of 229 responses from a wide range of stakeholders whose evidence is set out in summary of responses document.

The action plan builds on the views expressed as part of the call for evidence - for each priority area we have set out actions which we will take forward to ensure EPCs are fit for the future.

A progress report providing an update on the delivery of the EPC action plan was published 8 November 2021.

Original consultation


We’re seeking evidence on how Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are currently performing, and feedback on suggestions for improvement.

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Consultation description

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are a widely used measure of the energy performance of buildings, both in the residential and commercial sectors, and are a key tool in promoting energy efficiency improvements to buildings.

We’re seeking evidence on how EPCs currently perform against 3 attributes:

  • quality
  • availability
  • encouraging action to improve energy efficiency

We also outline suggestions for improvement, many of which have been advocated by businesses and industry representatives. The list of suggestions is not exhaustive, and inclusion or exclusion should not be taken as an indication of government policy. Additional ideas are welcome, as are views about the relative impact of the ideas listed, and how they might be implemented to best effect.

We would like to hear from:

  • building owners and occupiers in both the domestic and non-domestic sectors
  • estate agents and others involved in the sale or lease of buildings
  • all parts of the energy efficiency products supply chain - EPC assessors, accreditation bodies, software providers and enforcement bodies
  • anyone else who regularly uses EPCs


Published 26 July 2018
Last updated 30 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added summary of responses and action plan.

  2. First published.