What is an EPC?
An EPC is an Energy Performance Certificate and is required by the government when selling, renting out or building a property. An EPC must be obtained prior to marketing a property for sale or rent. You can be fined if you do not have an EPC when you should have one. If you are purchasing or renting a property you must be provided with the EPC for the property. You may wish to obtain an EPC for your home to find out how energy efficient it is and what changes you can make to improve the efficiency.
An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). Included in an EPC is information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs as well as recommendations about how to reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions and reduce energy use, thereby saving money. The certificate is valid for 10 years.
In Scotland, you must display the EPC in the property (e.g. in the meter cupboard or next to the boiler). If you are selling a property in Scotland you will need a Home Report which includes an EPC (known as an energy report).
How to Get an EPC
You will need to contact an approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) to produce the EPC. The best way to do this is to complete the form above to obtain details for a number of assessors who cover your area. You will be able to contact them directly, check they are accredited, experienced and insured and then agree a price for the assessment and EPC.
For a list of approved EPC organisations in England and Wales, visit the Landmark website to view the energy performance certificate register.
For a list of approved EPC organisations in Northern Ireland go to the separate Landmark website for Northern Ireland.
In Scotland, only organisations approved by the Scottish Government can produce valid EPCs. Visit the Scottish Government website to find a list of approved EPC organisations.
The Cost of an EPC
You will be able to get a good deal by contacting the assessors listed after completing the form above. Costs can vary widely within an area but if you go directly to an EPC provider they are usually cheaper than going through an estate/letting agent. Costs can range from around £50 to £120.
EPCs and Feed-in Tariffs
If you are planning to fit solar PV (photovoltaic) panels to your property in England, Wales or Scotland and you wish to get payments under the government’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT), you will want to produce a valid EPC. This is so that you can prove your home has an EPC rating of band D or above, as required to receive FITs at the standard (rather than lower) rate.
Added Benefits for a Homeowner
An EPC will list suggested improvements, such as fitting loft insulation. It will also report the possible cost savings per year if the improvements are made. In addition the report will show how the recommendations would change the energy and carbon emission rating of the property.
If you are planning a new build and require a Predicted Energy Assessment (PEA) then we will provide you with a list of Energy Assessors who are accredited to provide this service.
If you have completed or are near completing the building of a new home, you will require an On Construction Energy Performance Certificate (OCEPC).
If you have a commercial property that you are going to sell or rent out, you will need a Commercial EPC..
If you have a public building and you require a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) then we will provide you with a list of Energy Assessors who are accredited to provide this service.
If you have an air conditioning system you may require an Air Conditioning Inspection.
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