Energy Performance Certificates in Buildings and their Impact on Transaction Prices and Rents in Selected EU Countries

This study explores whether there is a link between the energy performance of buildings as expressed by EPCs and their value, whether rented or sold; in other words, whether or not the EPC energy rating of a property has an effect on the purchase or rental price when a property is listed or transacted.

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EPCs, transaction prices, renting, EU, Smart Investments

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European Commission (DG Energy)

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EPCs have been criticised for a lack of accuracy, or alignment with actual operational energy use, although they remain an important tool for raising awareness and giving an indication of how a home or building is designed to perform. 

The Energy Act 2012 put EPCs centre stage by passing legislation that is expected to ban the letting of F and G rated buildings from 2018 onwards, in both domestic and commercial markets – a principle which UK-GBC fully supports. Read more about ‘minimum performance standards’ here.


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