An EPC is a legal requirement introduced in 2007 for new build properties and domestic/commercial buildings that are available to buy or rent . The content of the EPC is set down in legislation and, increasingly, is used to manage the quality of our housing stock and eventually the rating will impact on the costs of owning a property. Fines can be enforced if an EPC is not in place or shown to a buyer/tenant when required. In the case of lettings, an out of date EPC or no EPC at all could prejudice a landlord’s rights under a section 21 Notice. If you own a home, getting an EPC completed could help you identify ways to save money on your energy bills and improve the comfort of your home.
EPCs are public documents available on the National EPC Register in England and the Scottish EPC Register in Scotland with a validity of 10 years.
We have a network of trained and accredited energy assessors across the UK who can assess your property and complete an EPC. The assessor is required to examine key features such as loft insulation, heating systems, and windows for glazing. Property and room measurements will also be taken along with photographic evidence. The survey is non-invasive, and a visual inspection is all that is required.
An EPC will state the energy efficiency of a building and give it a rating from A (very efficient) to G (very inefficient). The report will include how costly it will be to heat and light the building, and what its carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be. The EPC will also state what the energy-efficiency rating could be if improvements were made and highlights cost-effective ways to achieve a better rating.
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