Energy Performance Certificates
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) were introduced on 1st April 2007 as part of the Home Information Packs (HIPs) and are the result of European Union Directive 2002/91/EC. Despite the vote to leave the European Union it is considered unlikely that this legislation will be removed as it is considered necessary to help improve the quality and efficiency of UK housing stock.
EPCs involve a non-invasive survey by a qualified EPC assessor who visits the property to survey how energy efficient that property is by looking at items such as the heating system, levels of insulation, type of lighting window type and a range of other factors that will impact on how much gas, electricity or other fuel is used by the occupiers.
An EPC is required by anyone selling or letting a property with a number of exemptions, such as listed properties.
An EPC gives a property a number score which is translated to a rating ranging from A to G with A being the most efficient houses and G the worst. The average house in the UK is a D/E with around 20% of properties being in the lowest two categories so there is significant room for improvement across the board.
In addition to providing a score and rating an EPC also provides advice on what works could be carried out to improve the energy efficiency of the building. This advice, while useful, is limited to the options given in the software used to prepare the report so additional advice should be sought from a property professional in order to gain best value for money when attempting to improve a property.
If you need an EPC we are able to provide them from £50 + VAT or can provide an enhanced service that provides an EPC and provides a report on the best energy efficiency improvements for your property.