Energy Performance Certificate (Epc) Advice
EPC’s carried out by a reliable person who will show up on time and promptly publish it, cost approx £99, depending on the size of the property.
Here are some key points about EPC’s:
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in the UK is a document that provides information about the energy efficiency of a property. It is a legal requirement for most properties when they are built, sold, or rented. The purpose of an EPC is to help homeowners, buyers, and tenants make informed decisions about a property’s energy efficiency and its potential energy costs.
Here are some key points about Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) in the UK:
1. **Energy Efficiency Rating**: The EPC rates a property’s energy efficiency on a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). A properties are the most energy-efficient and have lower energy bills, while G properties are the least energy-efficient and have higher energy bills.
2. **Recommendations**: The EPC also provides recommendations for improving a property’s energy efficiency, which can help homeowners and tenants reduce their energy consumption and lower their energy bills.
3. **Validity**: EPCs are typically valid for ten years, and property owners are responsible for obtaining and displaying an up-to-date certificate when they sell or rent out their property.
4. **Mandatory Requirements**: EPCs are required for most domestic and commercial properties when they are constructed, sold, or rented. There are exceptions, such as listed buildings or certain types of temporary structures.
5. **Assessment Process**: To obtain an EPC, an accredited energy assessor visits the property and collects data on various aspects of its energy usage, such as insulation, heating systems, lighting, and more. This information is then used to generate the energy efficiency rating and recommendations.
6. **Display**: The EPC rating must be displayed in any property that is being sold or rented, allowing potential buyers or tenants to see the property’s energy performance before making a decision.
7. **Penalties**: Failure to provide an EPC when required can result in fines. The amount of the fine can vary depending on the nature of the non-compliance and the type of property.
8. **Benefits**: Having a higher energy efficiency rating can make a property more attractive to buyers and tenants, as it indicates lower energy costs. It also contributes to reducing the carbon footprint of buildings, supporting the UK’s efforts to combat climate change.
In summary, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in the UK is a document that assesses and rates the energy efficiency of a property, providing valuable information to property owners, buyers, and tenants to make informed decisions about energy use and costs. It is a legal requirement in most cases when a property is built, sold, or rented.
The government have proposed that all rental properties will need an EPC rating of ‘C’ or above by 2028.
What is an EPC and how long is it valid for?
- An EPC is an energy assessment of the property. It will provide an energy rating of A-G, A being the highest and G being the lowest. All rental and sale properties require a valid EPC.
- They last for 10 years.
How long will the survey take?
- The survey will take from 30-60 minutes depending on the property size.
- The EPC will be lodged within 24 hours of the visit
What will you be looking at?
- I need access to all rooms and the loft space if applicable
- Take photographs of various fixtures and fittings such as heating systems, light fittings, windows, hot water cylinders/boilers, insulation, gas & electric meters etc.
- Draw a floorplan and use a laser measure to calculate floor areas.
How do I access the EPC once issued?
- Once the EPC is lodged you can access it via the GOV website.
- I will notify you and send you the link to the EPC where a printable version is available.