In this guide
Understanding the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
What it is and Why it Matters
What is an EPC and what information does it provide
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document that outlines the energy efficiency of a building. It includes an assessment of different elements of a property’s physical structure, such as insulation and lighting, as well as other factors like heating systems.
This information helps to provide potential buyers and renters with an understanding of how efficient the property is and what changes they could make to reduce their energy bills.
An EPC will also provide details on the current energy performance, as well as a grade which is assigned based on the efficiency rating.
This allows buyers and tenants to easily compare different properties in order to find one that meets their needs and budget. Additionally, an EPC can be used by landlords and sellers to demonstrate the energy efficiency of their property and make it more attractive.
It is important for buyers and renters to understand the EPC as it can help them make an informed decision about whether or not a property is suitable for them.
How EPCs are used in the home buying and renting process
EPCs are used by buyers and renters to assess the energy efficiency of a property before making any decisions. By having an understanding of the energy performance, they can make an informed decision about which property is best for them.
Additionally, EPCs are also part of the legal process in when buying or renting a property, as they can provide information on the energy efficiency of the building.
By having this information, buyers and renters can make sure that they are getting a property with an acceptable level of energy performance.
Finally, EPCs are also used by landlords and sellers to demonstrate the energy efficiency of their properties in order to attract potential buyers or tenants.
This can help to make their property more attractive, as buyers and renters will be able to quickly compare the energy performance of different properties when making a decision.
How EPCs are used to measure a building’s energy efficiency
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are used to measure a building’s energy efficiency by assessing the building’s construction, heating and lighting systems, however, it does not take into account the efficiency of any applicances in the property.
The assessment is conducted by a qualified assessor who will visit the building, gather information, and provide a report. The report includes the building’s energy rating, which ranges from A to G, with A being the most energy efficient and G being the least.
The Energy Performance Certificate also includes recommendations for improving the energy efficiency of the building, such as upgrading insulation, replacing windows, or installing energy-efficient appliances.
By providing a rating and recommendations, Energy Performance Certificates allow property owners and tenants to see the energy performance of their building, identify areas for improvement and take actions to make their building more energy efficient and cost-effective as well as reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
The benefits of having an EPC for a property owner or tenant
Having an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for a building can provide numerous benefits for both property owners and tenants.
For property owners, an EPC can increase the value of their building by providing potential buyers with information about the energy efficiency of the property. An EPC can also help property owners access government incentives for improving energy efficiency.
Additionally, an EPC can help property owners identify areas where they can reduce energy costs, such as by upgrading insulation, replacing windows.
For tenants, an EPC can provide valuable information about the energy costs of a property. This can help tenants make informed decisions about the cost of living in a particular property.
Additionally, an EPC can help tenants identify ways to reduce their energy costs, such as by turning off lights and appliances when not in use.
An EPC can also help tenants identify potential health hazards, such as poor ventilation, that may be present in the building.
Overall, an EPC can help both property owners and tenants make informed decisions about energy efficiency and take actions to make their building more energy efficient and cost-effective.
How to obtain an EPC for a building
Obtaining an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for a building is a straightforward process.
Get in touch with us. Tell us the reason that the EPC is required and a little bit of information about the property, such as the type of property and how many bedrooms
We will then provide you with a fixed price quotation and then arrange a visit to the property.
During the visit the Assessor will gather information about the building’s construction, heating and lighting systems, and appliances.
The assessor will then enter this data into approved government software which then produces the epc that includes the building’s energy rating and recommendations for improving its energy efficiency.
All EPCs are stored on a central government register and is valid for a period of 10 years.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I get a grant to improve the energy efficiency of my property?
- The Energy Company Obligation (ECO): This scheme provides funding for energy-efficient home improvements to low-income households. You will need to contact your energy supplier.
- A new grant call ECO-Plus is expected to start in April 2022 where part funding towards the cost of the work is available and is not means tested.
- The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS): This scheme provides financial incentives to households that install renewable heating systems, such as air source or ground source heat pumps. Funding of up to £6,000 available. This grant is not means tested.
- Some local authorities run localised grant schemes so contact them to find out what is available in your area.
- Additional information about grant funding can be found on the energy saving trust website.
What is the minimum energy efficiency rating required for a property?
A minimum energy efficiency rating is only required for rented properties. This is currently an E rating.
If you simply intend to sell the property, there is no minimum energy rating.
How can I check the validity of an epc?
You can check the validity of an epc by going to https://www.gov.uk/find-energy-certificate.