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epcHome is an EPC provider carrying out EPCs in and around Peterborough. If you’re renting or selling a home, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) carried out by a registered Domestic Energy Assessor.
The price of a standard EPC is – £55 up to 5 bed detached house. At epcHome we work hard to make the price of getting an energy performance certificate in and around Peterborough as cheap as possible. So follow our guidelines to ensure you get the best possible epc rating on your property.
Once your EPC Assessor has visited, your epc certificate will be lodged on to the national register typically within 3 days. Your estate agent or solicitor will be able to access it from the new register.
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What Is An EPC ?
An Energy Performance Certificate or EPC for short is a legal document that shows the energy rating of a property. It is always required when renting or selling a property and is valid for 10 years.
It shows the rating of the property from an A the highest to a G, the lowest. It also shows energy saving recommendations that can be made to the property that will improve its rating and lower it energy running costs.
An EPC is produced by a local qualified Domestic Energy Assessor who has to visit the property to carry out a survey. A typical survey takes around 30 minutes for an average sized property. All EPCs are kept on the new national government register.
If the EPC is required for rental then the EPC rating must be at least an E. All rental properties must have a valid registered Certificate. Fines of up to £5,000 can be issued by the local authority for any non compliances. Please contact us for more advice about getting an EPC in Peterborough.
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EPC Assessor Peterborough
If you need an Energy Performance Certificate in the Peterborough or surrounding areas we provide a fast and reliable service with a no nonsense simply fixed price for all property types up to 5 bedrooms.
How is an EPC done
A qualified Assessor has to visit the property to obtain the information required to produce the EPC. Data is gathered about the dimensions of the property and the construction and types of walls. Further information is gathered about the existing heating lighting glazing and insulation in the property. Photos are taken as evidence of the elements that are in the property and these are required for audit purposes.
The visit takes typically takes between 20 minutes to an hour depending on the complexity of the property. The data is then entered into approved government software which then does the calculations to produce the energy ratings and recommendations for the property. The EPC is then lodged on to the Government register and the certificate number is sent to the client. The full EPC can then be viewed online.
The EPC is normally emailed to the customer in 2 to 3 days. If you need it in a hurry, book our express service, for a small additional fee you can receive the certificate the same day of the visit.
Can you fail an EPC Check
The simple answer is no. The EPC rates the property in the following bands, with A being the best and G the worst:
Band A: 92+
Band B: 81-91
Band C: 69-80
Band D: 55-68
Band E: 39-54
Band F: 21-38
Band G: 1-20
The higher the rating the lower the energy bills will be in the property. An average UK property is currently a D60.
The only legal requirement for the EPC rating is if you are renting a property, it must be at least an energy rating E39. Rental property of F or G can’t be rented unless it has a valid exemption. Please contact us if you require anymore information about this.
Here are some guidelines that will hopefully answer some of the questions that you have about EPCs and the energy performance of a building.
How to get a copy of your EPC
All registered EPC Certificates are on a government portal at https://find-energy-certificate.digital.communities.gov.uk/. If there is no EPC on the register or it has expired then you can CLICK HERE to book an EPC online with us, or if you prefer, please call us FREE on 0800 046 7345
How to improve your epc rating
These 4 things will significantly help to improve the rating on your property
- Top up the loft insulation to at least 270mm if you currently have 100mm or less. Grants are often available to help.
- If less than 50% of your lights are low energy then increase this to at least 80%.
- Consider cavity wall insulation if your property was built after 1935. Grants are often available.
- Provide your EPC Assessor with documentary evidence of insulation improvements that have been made but typically can’t be seen such as to the floors, flat roofs, sloping roofs, loft conversions, or the walls. Rather than actually improving the ratings, the evidence will prevent the property being done graded because your Assessor can only enter information into the software if there is documentary evidence. The Assessor cannot use the customer’s say so as evidence. Acceptable evidence are things like building control completion certificates or receipts from the contractor.
- If the majority of your windows were installed after 2002 have the Fensa certificate or other guarantee or a receipt/invoice from the installer available.
Types of Energy Performance Certificates
The EPC Certificates being referred to here are for standard domestic building. If you have a commercial property, then you would need a commercial epc carried out by a qualified commercial Assessor.
All brand new properties will require a SAP EPC. If building control has asked for an EPC they are probably referring to a SAP EPC. A SAP EPC not only shows the energy performance of a building but the SAP calculations are required to show compliance with the building regulations. The price of a SAP EPC is more expensive. Please call us for further advise if you are unsure what is required.
How to Prepare for an EPC
There is actually very little the customer needs to do to prepare for an EPC survey. Providing the documentary evidence mentioned in the above EPC checklist is important. The only other key thing that a customer needs to do is ensure that access is available to the following items:
- All rooms in the property
- Gas and electric meter
- Loft hatch
- Boiler and hot water cylinder if present
- If the loft is boarded access to evidence and measure the insulation in a few different locations. This may mean lifting some boards prior to survey date.
The EPC is calculated using many factors within the property, so ensuring that all the required data can be obtained during the visit will help the rating. A EPC can still be completed if some of the items are inaccessible but this is likely to have a negative impact on its rating.
The EPC is not a condition report of the property, so we won’t need any maintenance or service records.
When is an EPC required
An EPC is required
- For all domestic property sales
- For all existing rental properties, any expired EPCs will need to be renewed even during an existing tenancy.
- For a claim on the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI) if the EPC is over 2 years old.
- For certain Government grant initiatives.
- For a re-mortgage.
When is an EPC not required
An EPC is not required for:
- Listed buildings – listed by English Heritage
- Temporary buildings with a time use of 2 years or less.
- Residential buildings which are intended to be used less than
- four months of the year or where the owner or landlord could
- reasonably expect the energy consumption of the building to
- be less than 25% of all year round use.
Standalone buildings with a total useful floor area of less than
50m2 (ie buildings entirely detached from any other building)
Area coverage – Peterborough
An EPC shows the energy efficiency of a property and is a legal requirement when selling or letting a property. epcHome have full coverage of Peterborough and if your home is in Peterborough, or any PE postcode, we can help in supplying your EPC.
We cover the following areas:
Peterborough Energy Performance Certificates For Landlords
Being a landlord has many challenges and keeping up with changing regulations is one of them. From April 2020 as a landlord you have an obligation to ensure that all your properties have a valid EPC on the register. Also the rating of the EPC has to be at least an E. If it’s an F or G rating the property cannot be let.
We have carried out many EPCs where Peterborough City Council are making sure landlords are compliant. Don’t fall foul of the law as fines of up to £5,000 can be issued. The regulation that Landlords must conform to is called the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard or MEES for short.
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard 2020
We can help you with MEES by:
- Offering bulk property discounts
- Making sure there is a valid EPC on the register
- If your property is an F or G rating, providing further assistance and exact advice on which improvements to make at the lowest cost to make the property compliant.
- If there are any reasons the property is eligible for an exemption we can give further advice.
Give us a call today to discuss your requirements.
Booking your EPC survey in Peterborough is easy:
- Click the BOOK AN EPC button below
- Select an available date and time slot
- Give us your name and the address requiring the EPC
- Pay securely online or pay on the day
- If you prefer you can always call us to book. Call free on 0800 046 7345
All done, your EPC is scheduled. You will receive an email confirmation and a text reminder a day before the visit. If you decide to cancel, as long as its before 24 hours of the visit, you will get a full refund