Below is a list of frequently asked questions relating to Energy Perforemnace Certificates (EPCs) and the answers to those questions.
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a report showing the actual energy efficiency of a property and the potential energy efficiency of a property. The report gives an Energy Efficiency Rating from A - G and an Environmental Impact Rating from A - G. A being the best rating and G being the worst.
The report also tells you where your property is performing well and where it is performing poorly along with recommendations to improve your rating.
An Energy Performance Certificate is required whenever a property is put on the market for rent or sale. The EPC must be commissioned prior to the property being marketed.
We can book the survey in usually within a day of the order being placed and can have the report generated within 24 hours of the survey.
The surveyor will require access to all rooms in the house, the front and rear of the property and to the loft if possible. The surveyor will take measurements and details of the heating systems along with construction and insulation details. The survey will take approximately 45 minutes?
No property fails, they either get a good or bad rating. However rental properties must comply with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) which is currently E for a property to be able to be let. Part of the report includes recommendations to improve your rating through low cost measures such as installing energy efficient lights, to higher cost measures such as solar panels etc. This gives the buyer or prospective tenant a chance to see how well the property is performing now and an idea of how much it will cost to improve the properties energy efficiency.
The EPC is part of a series of measures being introduced across Europe to reflect legislation which will help cut buildings' carbon emissions and tackle climate change.