Whats An EPC?
In Northern Ireland, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a certificate which tells anyone viewing it the energy efficiency of a property. It’s not dissimilar to the sticker on a new domestic appliance or even a new car. Properties exempt from requiring a domestic EPC will generally require a non-dwelling energy performance certificate, the obligation for which comes from the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.
Whats An EPC Used For?
All domestic and commercial buildings in Belfast including factories, offices, retail premises and public sector buildings must have an EPC whenever the building is built, sold or rented. The body legally responsible for obtaining the EPC when it is required will be the seller, landlord or an agent. They will have to make an EPC available for the building that is being sold or leased. When a lease assignment takes place, the law considers a sale to have taken place and the assignor or buyer should provide the EPC. For new-builds, the responsibility falls to the person carrying out the construction to provide the EPC to the owner, and Building Control will not issue a certificate until they are satisfied this has been done.
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Because of the legal requirement for EPCs in Northern Ireland, all EPCs must be carried out by a trained and accredited energy assessor. Helpfully, the Department for Communities and Local Government has arranged for a publicly accessible central register of such assessors maintained by the Landmark Information Group, however, at ‘EPC For You’, we can confirm that all our energy assessors appear on that register.
At ‘EPC For You’, our EPCs include all required legal information as well as the asset rating, technical information in brief and any benchmarks. We can also determine your EPC requirement according to current legislation. This includes the level of EPC required and considers if your property has been split or designed to be used as separate dwellings where multiple EPCs could be required.
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