What is an EPC?
An EPC or Energy Performance Certificate is a simple document that gives an overview of how energy efficient a property is, what energy efficient measures could be fitted at the property and how energy efficient the property could be in the future. It also tells you what the typical energy costs for your property are and how much you could save. The report covers walls, loft, flooring, lighting, windows, heating system, heating controls, secondary heating and hot water. The EPC ranks the properties energy performance from A-G. A is the most efficient and G the least. The certificate is valid for 10 years.
This is a useful Government website that provides information about EPCs.
For advice on how to take action and to find out about offers available to help make your home more energy efficient, call 0800 512 012 or visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk.Who needs an EPC?
Whenever a property is built, sold or rented, it must have an Energy Performance Certificate, EPC. If the property is in Scotland the EPC must be visible somewhere in the property. You could get a fine if you don’t get one when you need it.
Are any properties exempt?
Yes: ‘places of worship, temporary buildings that will be used for less than 2 years, stand-alone buildings with total useful floor space of less than 50 square metres, industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings that do not use a lot of energy, some buildings that are due to be demolished, holiday accommodation that is rented out for less than 4 months a year or is let under a licence to occupy, listed buildings, residential buildings intended to be used less than 4 months a year’. Extract taken from Government website.
Who carries out the EPC?
EPCs must be done by accredited Energy Assessors or Home Inspectors. It is your responsibility to check the person you appoint is accredited.
How do I find an Assessor?
When you fill in the form at the top of this page, you will be given the contact details for the Accredited Assessors in your area that are registered on this website. You will also get an estimate for the work. You should discuss your requirements and the estimate with the Assessor because in some cases the cost will vary especially if you are having Solar Panels installed when two visits will be needed. The details you supply on the form will also be sent to the Assessors so they may contact you.
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