Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.
If you’ve not moved home in the last 10 years, or you’ve been asked to produce an EPC report for rental then you can check our information video that explains more about what an EPC is.
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What is An EPC?
EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a 3 to 5 page document that rates the property from an A the highest to G the lowest. It will also give recommendations on energy improvements that could be made on the property that would help to lower your energy bills.
Why You Need One
The most common reason for needing an EPC is If you are selling or renting a property. This is because, by law, you must give the incoming resident a valid EPC. However you may be asked to get an EPC for any of these reasons.
• For a remortgage
• Making a claim for funding under the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI)
• Getting grant funding through the Energy Company Obligation Scheme (ECO)
All the above examples refer to existing residential properties. If you have been asked by building control to produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they will be looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This type of EPC is produced along with SAP calculations to show that building work has met certain standards required by the building regulations. If you’re not sure, just give us a call for further advice.
How To Get One Done
An EPC is carried out by a qualified and accredited domestic energy assessor. To arrange a survey, do a Google search for an EPC assessor or EPC provider in your area.
To produce the EPC, the Assessor has to visit the property. Your assessor will take dimensions of the property and also gather information about the existing lighting, heating, glazing and current insulation. An average size property takes between 20 and 30 minutes.
The information is then entered into approved government software which produces the EPC. The EPC is then lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. Should you require it urgently, for a small additional cost, we can arrange for you to get it the same day.
That’s it, its all done. Your EPC is then valid for 10 years.
If you are actually after a SAP EPC you can click here.
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That’s it, your EPC is booked. You will receive an email confirmation and a text reminder a day before the visit. Your EPC will be emailed to you in 2 or 3 days. If you order an Express EPC, you will receive it the same day of the visit.
You can cancel with a full refund if you cancel within 24 hours of the visit.
How To Improve Your EPC Rating
Here we will provide you with some simple tips so that your EPC reflects your property in the best light.
These will improve your EPC rating
The data entered into the software is based on evidence that the Assessor gathers during the visit. Typically your Assessor will get the majority of the information whilst going around the property.
Your Assessor will take photographic or gather documentary evidence which is required for audit purposes. If no evidence is obtained then the Assessor has to enter “as built” into the software. In this case the software will use what the property would have been built with based on it’s age.
If you can provide documentary evidence of any of these types of improvements then these can be shown on the EPC and is likely to improve the rating of your EPC.
• Loft conversions year it was built – completion certificate, dated architectural plans.
• Double glazing improvement to the majority of the property – Fensa certificate, or dated receipt from the installer.
• Cavity wall insulation – guarantee, or receipt from installer.
• Solar Thermal, or Solar PV – MCS certificate from installer.
• Floor insulation/ sloping ceiling insulation – receipt from installer showing thickness fitted.
These make the biggest difference
The 3 mains items that have the biggest impact on the energy rating are:
- The main source of fuel for heating the property
- The levels of insulation in the property.
- The heating system.
Main Source of Fuel
UK homes are typically heated by either of these fuel sources: gas, peak rate electric, off peak electric, oil, bulk or bottled LPG. So for example a property heated by gas would cost around 4.64 pence per kwh and the same property heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. *source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership. So with a typically semi using around 12,000 kwh to heat the home, it woud cost £556 to heat by gas compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.
Levels Of Insulation
Good levels of insulation means the heating has to work less to heat the property which results in lower energy bills.
The Heating System
A good heating system with effective controls such as room thermostats, thermostatic radiator valves and programmer ensures the property is using no more heat than it needs to. These all contribute to getting a good rating on the EPC.
These make less difference
Although improvements to the double glazing does make a difference, the biggest difference is only really acheived if you are improving from single glazed to doubled glazed. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 double glazing, this will only show as a small increase in the energy rating of the property. With double glazing the perception is normally felt by the customer in terms of comfort from a reduction in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t take into account the condition of any particular item, this comfort gain is not measured.
Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lighting does help the EPC because they are a low cost improvement that contributes to lower energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as insulation, heating and heating controls.
Landlord EPC Services
The regulations for landlords are forever increasing. If you are a landlord, make sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalites of up to £5,000 can be issued.
Have a look at our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer discounts for multiple properties.
EPCs And Rental Properties
From April 2020, all existing rental properties must have a valid EPC. Prior to that date an EPC was only required on new rentals. Fines can be issued by the local authority for breach of this.
What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property
An EPC rates the property from an A, the highest, to a G the lowest. To legally let a property, the energy rating must be as least an E. The regulations that govern this is called The Minimum Energy Effieciency Standard or (MEES) for short.
If your property is currently an F or G it cannot legally be let on a new rental. If there is an existing tenant in the property and the rating is lower than an E, then the landlord has to take steps to get the rating up to an E.
How To Find If You Have A Valid EPC
The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government have for the last 10 years maintained a register of all EPCs. The register is found at www.epcregister.com. You can check here to see if your rentals have a valid EPC and see that they meet at least the minimum E rating.
A recent article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 investors are yet to comply with the new regulations. The article can be found here. Make sure you are not one of them. As time goes by, we expect more and more local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.
The regulations, however, are not meant to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and if it is lower than an E, to show that you are taking or have taken steps to reach an E. Even if it doesn’t reach an E, there are certain exemptions that you may then be able to apply for. We can give you expect advice on all aspects of MEES.
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