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What is an EPC?

EPC is short for Energy Performance Certificate.  It provides a clear indication of how energy efficient a building is as a whole. This helps potential buyers or renters make an informed decision on whether or not to pursue a property by allowing them to take into account its energy rating. It also gives the government a way to monitor the UK’s carbon footprint and ensure we meet EU carbon emission targets.

The EPC certificate itself will present a rating on a scale of A to G, A being the most efficient (with lowest fuel bills), and G being the least efficient (the average UK property is rated between D and E). It will also contain a target rating, which can be achieved through changes such as installing energy-saving light bulbs or a more efficient boiler. All EPC certificates are valid for 10 years .

Who Needs an EPC?

Having a valid EPC is a legal requirement for the all domestic and commercial properties being rented or sold. The process varies slightly for each, but our in house energy assessors provide London-wide assessments for any size, type and complexity of building.

Domestic EPC

If you’re buying, selling or building a domestic property, it’s the home owner or landlord’s responsibility to provide an EPC to potential buyers and tenants. It is illegal for Estate agents to market a property without an EPC Certificate  as

they can be heavily fined for doing so.

Commercial EPC

If you’re planning to sell or rent out a non-domestic you will be require to commission a Commercial EPC. Stand-alone(entirely detached) buildings with a total useful floor area of less than 50m2 that are not dwellings do not require a commercial EPC.

How will the EPC be assessed?

A commercial or domestic energy assessor will visit your home or premises, making a non-invasive evaluation of various factors.

Your assessor will look at factors which affect energy efficiency such as:

  • Age of the property
  • Construction type
  • Loft insulation
  • Boiler/hot water tank
  • Radiators
  • Windows

These data entries will be computer analysed to produce a calculation of overall energy efficiency and environmental impact of the building.

The length and cost of the assessment depends on the size of the property. A domestic assessment takes on average 30 to 40 minutes for a 3 bedroom home, and the average commercial EPC assessment can take anywhere between 1 and 3 hours. Each involves minimal disruption with nothing having to be taken apart.

To be legally valid, your EPC must be carried out by a qualified professional. At Energy Efficiency Company all our energy assessors are trained, experienced and accredited by the award winning accreditation body Stroma & Quidos

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