An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) survey can often be called an energy survey. This is particularly the case if your estate agent or solicitor has advised you that you must get one. If you’re planning to sell or lease a domestic or commercial property then you need an EPC.
At the point of marketing for sale or leasing or construction you need an EPC to identify how efficient your property is. It’s a legal requirement and provides an indication of your property’s current energy performance. The certificate must be in place before marketing a property, and there are fines of up to £5,000 for non-compliance.
To carry out the survey, a visit by an energy assessor from ‘EPC For You’ to the property takes place who looks at all sorts of factors to be able to accurately assess the energy performance of your property. The assessor is qualified and approved/accredited as required by law.
An ‘EPC For You’ assessor looks at all sorts of things that will affect the energy rating of a property including heating, lighting, how energy is kept in the property, the construction of the property itself and its dimensions. Energy savers or users such as loft insulation, water heaters including hot water tanks and domestic boilers, radiators, and windows are all things that will need to be assessed when producing an accurate energy survey.
The EPC survey is based entirely on observation unlike a building survey, which may involve invasive procedures. The time taken for an EPC survey depends on the size of the property and whether it is domestic or commercial, but ‘EPC For You’ can give you an estimate of how long an energy survey will take once an appointment is booked.
‘EPC For You’ will arrange for a friendly and professional energy assessor to conduct the assessment and he/she will need access to every room in the property. As lighting also uses up energy and produces heat it is important in producing an assessment, and the number and type of fixed lighting will be noted. Any handbooks for a particular model of boiler for the property may also be helpful to the energy assessor, although they are not essential. Any room thermostats and thermostatic radiator valves fitted as well as any other form of heating that may not be part of a central heating system will also be relevant for the energy survey, for example, in domestic properties this could include open fires.
So as to ensure accuracy, photographs of various parts of the property as well as outside the property may be required – this will help your assessor if they need to consider whether to override certain assumptions in relation to insulation values that the property would normally have, even though your property may benefit from a more recent improvement. The assessor will also take measurements of the property and note any constructional changes.
Having taken all of these observations, the ‘EPC For You’ energy assessor places all of his/her data into a government-approved software program in order to produce an energy efficiency calculation. Based on this information, the EPC will show how good or bad your property’s energy efficiency is. It rates your property’s energy efficiency from A to G, with A as ‘Very Efficient’ and G as ‘Very Inefficient’. The energy survey can also make recommendations for potential improvements. The EPC is valid for 10 years and will be unique to the property address. If you need further advice on it, ‘EPC For You’ can talk you through the scores and recommendations.
Why You Need An EPC?
When a commercial or residential property is to be advertised for sale or rent/lease it will legally require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). A property agent or property website will not allow an advert for a home or business to be put on the market without there first being an EPC done and available to show interested parties.
Trading Standards can issue fines to both agents and owners for either failing to provide EPC details on an advert or making available on request to any interested party. An EPC gives useful information to anyone looking to buy or rent so it is always good to have it showing in the advert and for a successful transaction.
You may also be applying for a government energy grant or funding which requires an EPC or you may just want to see your property’s energy efficiency score. If so we can help.
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Applying for an energy efficient grant
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