A domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a certificate which details the energy efficiency rating of a domestic property. It’s not dissimilar to the energy rating that you may have seen on a new domestic appliance or even a new car.
We have EPC Assessors in London, EPC Assessors in Birmingham, EPC Assessors in Manchester, as well as other locations around the UK. To obtain your domestic EPC survey, contact your nearest office today.
Why do I need an EPC?
EPCs for domestic dwellings originated around the time when Home Information Packs (HIPs) were obligatory for sellers. HIPs have since been abolished, however the requirement for an EPC remains when a house or flat is built, sold or let. Domestic EPCs need to be available to potential buyers or tenants as soon as you start to market your property so it’s something that needs to be prepared in advance.
At EPC For You, our EPCs include all relevant legal information about the certificate and the property as well as the asset rating, technical information in brief, and any benchmarks. We can also determine your EPC requirement according to current legislation. If your property has been split or designed to be used as separate dwellings, multiple EPCs could be required to comply with legal obligations.
Setting aside the legal requirement, as already mentioned, your EPC also consists of recommendations to improve the building’s energy efficiency. Carrying out these recommendations can push up your property’s value and, based on the improvements, you may wish to get a fresh Domestic EPC produced to reflect this and make your property even more marketable. If you are a landlord, this can reassure prospective tenants that the energy rating has been accurately assessed, which may help to attract tenants who are likely to remain long-term.
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Why EPC For You?
Because an EPC is a legal requirement, legislation insists that an approved domestic energy assessor produces the report. EPC For You will supply you with an accredited domestic energy assessor who will visit your property to collect the data required for assessing energy features, and generate your property’s own bespoke EPC using government-approved software.
When producing a domestic EPC, we take into account a variety of features of a property in order to assess its energy efficiency such as: what the property is constructed with, which heating systems are in place, as well as any cooling, ventilation, and lighting systems. Whilst different from a building survey which comments on condition and details how the systems are used, a domestic EPC includes recommendations for improvements to make a building more energy efficient.
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As well as the many benefits of having your property assessed and an EPC prepared, EPC For You will also help you avoid the legal repercussions which, without an EPC, could lead to the Local Authority Building Control department seeking enforcement action against you as well as risking a fine of between £500 and £5,000. For landlords, there is even more reason to act as soon as possible – in April 2018, no property with a minimum energy performance rating below E shall be capable of being let. Of course, after receiving an EPC from EPC For You you may not need to arrange any energy improvements at all, but at the very least, a well-scored above average domestic EPC will increase the value of any property, make it more marketable, and help landlords attract favourable tenants.
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