An EPC lets buyers or tenants know how energy efficient the property is. Without doubt lower energy costs help sell or rent out houses. A solicitor will need an EPC to sell a property.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) indicates how energy efficient a home is on a scale of A-G. The most energy efficient homes (which will have the lowest fuel bills) are in band A.
The EPC also tells you, on a scale of A-G, about the impact the home has on the environment. Better-rated homes have less impact through carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and global warming.
The average property in the UK is in bands D to E. The Certificate includes recommendations on ways to improve the home's energy efficiency to save you money and help the environment. It shows how you can obtain a higher rating.
Part of the EPC is a recommendation report which will list the potential rating that the property could achieve, if changes were made. The report lists improvements that could be carried out and how this would change the energy and carbon emission rating of the property.
This information can be used to:-
An EPC is issued and made available to the public on a national register and is valid for ten years.
If you improve the energy consumption of your house with say a new boiler and new EPC should be done to reflect the improvement.
The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is based upon an assessment of the property carried out by a licensed Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA).
The domestic energy assessment involves:-
The specific information collected by the domestic energy assessor (DEA) includes:
The domestic energy assessor (DEA) will evaluate the boiler or the main heating system:
We will also look at the heating controls within the system for e.g. the thermostat, timer and radiator valves. This enables us to evaluate the energy efficiency of the combined heating system.
The domestic energy assessor (DEA) will evaluate the types of insulation installed in your property. Existing insulation is measured and compared against current standards:
The domestic energy assessor (DEA) will all at all times respect your home and answer any questions you may have during the assessment.
Written in conjunction with Landlord-EPC.co.uk