What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?
An EPC is a certificate that shows in detail the energy performance of a building. The certificate will give the properties an easy to understand rating of its energy efficiency using a scale of A-G (A being the most efficient and G being the least efficient) along with any recommendations to improve the properties efficiency It involves the DEA Assesor conducting a on site survey at your property detailing the following:
- The construction type of the external walls
- Ascertaining the properties age (including any extensions)
- The types of windows and doors
- All room and water heating systems
- Loft space (to measure and record loft insulation levels)
- The properties fuel meters
- Any fixed lighting
How long is an Energy Performance Certificate valid for?
An Energy Performance Certificate, in theory, is valid for 10 years. However, since February 2008, legislation dictates that if an existing Energy Performance Certificate is more than a year old when the property is put back on the market, then a new one is required.
If a property owner has improved the energy efficiency (e.g. by insulating the loft) he/she can then commission another Energy Performance Certificate, which may obtain a better "energy efficiency rating".
For a rental property, there is no need for another inspection before the 10 years are up unless improvements are made to the property.
How do I instruct an EPC to be carried out on my property?
Here at Camerons Stiff & Co we can organize your EPC for you. Just speak to the negotiator you are dealing with and arrangements can be made via our EPC providers. Alternatively, please provide us your own copy and then immediate marketing can commence.