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epcHome is an EPC company doing EPCs throughout Springfield and also the surrounding areas. If you’re renting or marketing a property, you’ll need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). The typical price of an EPC in Springfield is Only £55

Steph Explains Below What Is An EPC.

If you’ve not moved home in the last 10 years, or perhaps you’ve been required to produce an EPC report for rental then you should check our information video clip that describes more about what an EPC is.

WHY USE US AS YOUR EPC PROVIDER?

  • No complicated price variations of property types and rooms.
  • No misleading “from” prices.
  • No waiting for an Assessor to call you back.
  • No filling in long complicated forms before you get a quote.

What is An EPC?

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EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. It’s a three to five page document that rates the home from an A the best to G the lowest. It will also give suggestions about energy improvements which might be made in the home that will help to reduce your energy bills.

Why You Need One

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The most frequent reason for needing an Energy Performance Certificate is for anyone who is selling or renting a home. It is because, legally, you will need to give the incoming resident a valid EPC. However you may be required to get an Energy Performance Certificate 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 illustrations refer to existing residential properties. If you have been requested by building control to produce an EPC in conjunction with recent building work, they are looking for what’s called a SAP EPC. This kind of EPC is known as SAP EPC and is required by building control to show compliance with building regulations for any recent development work you have undertaken. Should you require a SAP EPC, then CLICK HERE. If you’re not certain, just phone us for more guidance.

How To Get One Done

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An EPC is done by a certified and approved domestic energy assessor. The Assessor has to go to property to get the required information.

Your assessor will take dimensions of the home plus obtain specifics of the current lighting, heating, glazing and existing insulation. It may take between 20 and 40 minutes, dependant upon the complexity of the home..

The details are then input approved government software which then produces the certificate. The EPC Certificate will then be lodged on the national EPC register and you should receive it by email typically in 2 to 3 days. However, should you need to have your EPC quickly, for a modest additional charge, we can provide an EPC for you on the same day of the visit. We call this an express EPC.

That’s it, its all completedYour EPC is then valid for ten years

Booking your EPC is easy:

  1. Click the BOOK ONLINE button below
  2. Select an available date and time slot
  3. Give us your name and the address requiring the EPC
  4. Pay securely online
  5. If you prefer you can always call us to book. Call free on 0800 046 7345

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 basic tips so your Energy Performance Certificate shows your property in the best light.

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These things will improve your EPC rating

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The data put into the software program is based on evidence which the Assessor collects during the visit. Typically your Assessor will get almost all of the information whilst going around the home.

What we need to avoid is the Assessor putting into the software program the term “as built” for items that are required where no evidence is obtained. If the term “as built” must be used then the software program will default to the worst case scenario based on what would have been there when the property was built. EPC rating.

Whenever you can provide documentary evidence of any of these kinds of improvements then this can be shown on the Certificate and will probably improve the rating of your EPC.


• Any type of wall insulation Cavity/Internal/External– Any guarantees, or receipts from the installer

• Solar PV or Solar Thermal – MCS certificate from contractor.

• Floor insulation/ sloping ceiling insulation – receipt from contractors showing thickness fitted.

• Loft extensions year it was built – completion certificate, dated architects plans.

• Double glazing improvements made to the majority of the property – Fensa certificate, or dated receipt from the contractors.

These make the biggest difference

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The three things that have the main effect 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 instance a property or home heated by gas would cost you somewhere in the region of 4.64 pence per kwh and the exact same property or home heated by bottled LPG 23p per kwh. {*source 2019 Nottingham Energy Partnership.} So using a typically semi which uses in the region of 12,000 kwh to heat the property, it would cost you £556 to heat by gas as compared to £2,760 for bottled LPG.. Therefore running costs affects the EPC rating. Higher costs equals lower scores.

Levels Of Insulation
Good levels of insulation ensures that the demand on the heating system is kept down, and it also results in a more comfortable home with lower running costs.

The Heating System
An efficient heating system with good controls such as room thermostat, thermostatic valves and programmer helps to keep energy bills down. This all contributes to a better rating on the EPC.

These make less difference

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Double glazing
Although improvements to the double glazing does make a difference, the greatest increase is only really achieved when you are upgrading from single glazing to doubled glazing. If you are upgrading from pre 2002 upvc double glazing, this will only show as a modest rise in the energy rating of the home. With upvc double glazing the perception is normally noticed by the customer in terms of cosiness from a decrease in draughts. Because the EPC doesn’t consider the condition of any specific object, this kind of comfort gain is simply not measured.

 

Low Energy Lights
Again low energy lights does indeed help the Energy Performance Certificate since they are an affordable improvement that contributes to lower energy costs but nowhere near the same contribution as heating controls, heating system, and insulation.

Springfield Landlord EPC Services

The regulations for landlords are forever increasing. For anybody who is a property owner, be sure that you don’t fall foul of the regulations, as civil penalties up to £5,000 can be given.

Check out our guidelines for quick advice. We also offer reductions for several properties.

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EPCs And Rental Properties

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As From April 2020, all current rental properties must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate. Before that date an Certificate was only necessary on new rentals. Fines may be issued by the local authority for violation of this.

What Is The Minimum Rating For A Rental Property

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The Minimum Energy Efficiency Scheme (MEES) puts an onus on landlords to provide rented homes that meet a minimum standard of energy efficiency. An energy rating of at least an E much be attained on all rented properties If it is an F or a G rating, then the landlord must take steps to get to the minimum.

This is where the landlord needs to work closely with the Energy Assessor to work out cost-effective solutions to attain the standards.

In the event the landlord has spent up to £3500 and the property still doesn’t achieve an E, then the landlord can apply for an exemption. We’re happy to provide advice all the way.

How To Find If You Have A Valid EPC

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The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government have for the past 10 years kept a register of all Energy Performance Certificates. The register is found at www.epcregister.com. You should check here to see if your rentals have a valid Certificate and determine that they meet at least the minimum E rating.

A recently available article in the Telegraph taken from information on the register found that around 250,000 landlords are yet to comply with the new regulations. The article is available here. Make sure you are not among them. As time goes by, we anticipate more and more local authorities to get up to speed with enforcements.

These rules, nevertheless, are not meant to be onerous. The first step to take is to get an EPC lodged on the register and should it be below an E, to show that you are currently taking or have taken steps to get to an E. Even if it doesn’t attain an E, there are certain exemptions that you might then be able to apply for. We can provide expect recommendations on every aspect of MEES.

SAP Calculations

If you require a SAP EPC for building control please CLICK HERE.

Here we will answer your most common questions asked about the EPC.
What Properties Do Not Require An EPC?
  • Places of worship.
  • Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
  • Industrial sites and non-residential agricultural buildings that use little energy.
  • Residential buildings that are used for less than 4 months of the year.
  • Stand-alone buildings (of less than 50 m2 )
  • Listed buildings.
  • Is It Possible To Let A Property Without Having An Energy Performance Certificate?
    The answer is No. From April 2020 all rental homes need to have a valid EPC recorded on the EPC register. To legally rent a property the energy rating of the EPC must be at least an “E”, or the property must have a valid exemption.

    The EPC rates a property from A 100 (the most efficient) to G 0 ( the least efficient). The rating of an average UK property is a D60 Rental properties should be at the least an E rating. If it is not an E then the property owner will need to carry out some of the recommendations on the EPC to improve the rating. If an E rating cannot be reached, then an exemption can be applied for by visiting the Government website and applying for an exemption on the PRS register.

    What Is The Minimum EPC rating to Let A Property?
    The minimum EPC rating for rental is an ‘E’. The EPC scores a property from A, the best to G, the lowest. Properties rated F or G, from April 2020, cannot legally be let. Energy Efficient improvements will need to be made, or a valid exemption applied for.
    What Is Penalty For Not Having An EPC?
    A fixed penalty charge of £200 may be given for failure to comply in the following situations: on sale or rent the vendor or landlord failed to make a valid domestic EPC available free of charge to the future buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity.
    Can An EPC Fail?
    No. The EPC is not a pass or fail. However, various 3rd parties may require the EPC achieve a specific rating before they decide to proceed. One example would be a financial institution loaning funds against a rental property, would require the EPC is at least an “E”.
    What Does EPC E Mean?
    The Energy Performance Certificate will rate your property either A,B,C,D,E,F, or G. An E rating is the legal minimum a dwelling can be in order to rent out. It is also getting to be the baseline requested by banking institutions when loaning funds against a home.

    It’s not to say you won’t be able to obtain the money if it is below an E, however there will probably be additional conditions in the contract.

    What Happens If An EPC Runs Out During A Tenancy?
    It will simply have to be renewed. Under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, all rental properties must have a valid EPC of at least an E rating or above. All EPCs are lodged on a national register at epcregister.com. The EPC will be good for a further 10 years.
    Is An EPC A Legal Requirement?
    Indeed, an Energy Performance Certificate is a legal requirement for all rental properties and homes that are being sold as well as all newly built properties. By law, the inbound resident must be provided with an EPC.
    Are All Listed Buildings Exempt From An EPC?
    All listed buildings are exempt from needing an EPC. A listed building is one as being defined in the database of Historic England as a listed building. This list can be located on the historic england website.
    Can You Evict A Tenant Without An EPC?
    If the tenancy began or was renewed after 1 October 2015, a landlord cannot evict using a section 21 notice (no fault eviction) if they have not given the tenant an Energy Performance Certficate. If the EPC is subsequently obtained, a time period of 8 weeks has to pass before applying for a section 21 notice.

    In addition to the Energy Performance Certificate the tenant will have had to be also provided with a gas safety certificate and also a copy of the government guide “How to rent”. The “How to Rent” guide can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-rent

    Landlords are always advised to get proper legal advice to ensure that all paperwork is given to the courts correctly.

    Can You Market A Property Without An EPC?
    Yes a property may be marketed without having an EPC subject to one having been planned to be carried out within seven days. If after making all realistic efforts one cannot be obtained within that timeframe, then a further 21 days is permitted to obtain one.
    It Is A Legal Requirement For Renting, To Have An EPC?
    From April 2020, all properties for rental must have a valid EPC on the EPC register. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a home from A-G. For rental, the EPC must be a minimum rating of an E, unless a valid exemption has been applied for.
    What Is The Price Of An Energy Performance Certificate?
    An Energy Performance Certificate typically costs between £50 – £120. This depends on size of property and location. Typically it is cheaper if going directly to a licensed Assessor as opposed to through a 3rd party such as an Estate Agent or a marketing company.
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