energy Performance certificates
what is an epc?
It is essential to have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when selling a property in the UK. The EPC is a European Union initiative with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of properties. You can obtain an EPC by contacting a UK Government accredited Domestic Energy Assessor.
This information is written for those who are selling a property. However, it should be noted that landlords also require a valid EPC when letting.
what goes in an epc?
This information is presented as two graphs, with the former being the most commonly displayed on property particulars.
Furthermore, it includes detailed information on estimated running costs and how the property could be made more efficient.
How long is an EPC valid for?
Importantly, it should be noted that an EPC is valid for ten years. This means that if you put your property on the market and don’t sell, you could still use it again in the future. Similarly, if you bought your property within the past ten years, there may already be a valid EPC.
You can use a pre-existing EPC, even if it was arranged by a previous owner.
Of course, if you’ve made significant changes to your property it can be worth having a new one. This is for the reason that demonstrating good energy efficiency will help to attract a buyer.
A is the highest rating and G is the lowest rating. The highest ratings are usually only seen on flats or very modern economical houses. We find the most common categories for housing will sell to be C and D. Properties which a rating of F or G cannot be let and will require improvements to make them suitable.
What is the assessor looking for?
The Domestic Energy Assessor looks at a number of different factors such as:
- Construction type
- Floor type
- Roof type
- Insulation levels
- Windows and doors
- Central heating system
- Water heating system
- Solar power
These are only examples. There are many other factors the assessor may consider, therefore this is not an exhaustive list.
How do I get an EPC?
Firstly, you may want to check if your property already has one. You can do that by clicking here. If an EPC already exists, you need to decide whether to use it or get a new one. If significant changes have been made which are likely to affect the rating, it could be beneficial to obtain an updated EPC.
If you need a new one, it’s often easiest to arrange this through your chosen estate agent. At A.J.Eyre and Sons Waterlooville, we have a Domestic Energy Assessor who can assist our clients.
Alternatively, you can search for an assessor using the Ministry of Housing and Local Government website.