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Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

What is an EPC?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a legally required verification of the energy utilisation and efficiency of a building. A certificate remains valid for five years, then recertification is required.

Does your building need an EPC?

Property owners are required to certify privately-owned buildings larger than 2000 m2 in these categories:

  • Offices
  • Entertainment and public assembly (restaurants, night clubs, sports pubs, gyms, etc)
  • Places of instruction (schools, colleges, universities, Technikons)
  • Theatrical and indoor sport (movie theatres, live theatres, etc)
  • Government buildings larger than 1000 m2 also need to comply.

    Penalties for non-compliance

    It's estimated that around 250 000 buildings still require certification.

    Is yours one of them?

    Non-compliance will be in contravention of section 20 of the National Energy Act and the penalty is a fine of ZAR 5 million, five years imprisonment, or both.

    The deadline is 7 December 2025.

    Contact us today to avoid the risk of a fine for non-compliance.

    Benefits of energy efficient buildings

    If you're a building owner, compliance with EPC regulations will enable you to identify where you could introduce energy efficiency measures that:

  • Save you money by making your building less expensive to run
  • Increase the value of your building
  • Create a better working environment
  • Contribute to taking electricity demand off the constrained national grid
  • Reduce carbon emissions and help to combat climate change

  • A good EPC rating attracts and retains tenants and has an impact on resale value of property.