Energy Performance Certificates
What is a Domestic EPC?
All domestic buildings (houses, maisonettes, flats, etc) in the UK available to buy or rent must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
If you own a home getting an EPC survey completed could help you identify ways to save money on your energy bills and improve the comfort of your home.
An EPC will tell you how energy efficient your property is and outlines a rating from A (very efficient) to G (pretty inefficient). The EPC advises the individual who will use the property how costly it will be to heat and light it and what the carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be.
The EPC will also state what the energy efficiency rating could be if suggested improvements were to be implemented. It also highlights cost effective ways to achieve a better rating. Energy Performance Certificate's were introduced in 1998 following new legislation. An EPC once produced is valid for a 10 year period.
Why should you get one done?
The EPC covering your property must be available to potential buyers or renters as soon as you start to market your property for sale or rent. An accredited Domestic Energy Assessor can only produce the EPC. If you implement any of the energy efficiency recommendations outlined in the EPC you may wish to get a fresh EPC done to include these improvements.