Before visiting a property for sale or let it is well worth checking the Energy Performance Certificate. The EPC provides information on how energy efficient the property is, if it is well insulated and how efficient the heating, hot water and lighting systems are.

Types of EPC

Most residential properties are assessed under the “Reduced data Standard Assessment Procedure (RdSAP) existing dwelling” scheme.

Any new dwelling constructed from 6 April 2008, including dwellings created by change of use, must be assessed using the “Full SAP methodology”.

Your Home has a highly experienced in-house domestic energy assessor who will be happy to fully brief you on EPCs.

How is an EPC presented?

Page 1 of the EPC shows the energy efficiency rating graph which illustrates the current rating (between A the best  (up to 100) and G the worst (down to 0)) and the potential rating that the property could achieve if the recommendations contained in the report were implemented.

This page also provides an indication of the costs of providing heating, hot water and lighting to the property over a three year period along with a clear indication of the financial incentive to implementing the recommendations, i.e. the savings that could be made.

Page 2 contains basic details of the property’s construction, levels of insulation, heating system, hot water system, lighting and other features.

Page 3 contains the full set of recommendations and an indicative cost for each, together with suggested savings per year.

An environmental impact rating is displayed on the last page. This measures the impact on the environment and the emissions from carbon dioxide. Also recorded is the dwelling’s heat demand in kWh per year enabling a direct comparison of typical energy used for space and water heating per year for the property.

Who orders the EPC?

The responsibility of ordering the EPC is with the seller and they will have 14 days to receive it after putting a property on the market. Provided it has been ordered, the EPC does not have to be available when the property is first marketed.

Important changes to EPC regulations

Since 1st April 2016 a landlord has not been able to reasonably refuse improvements to a property if the EPC rating is F or G providing these improvements can be achieved at no upfront cost. The failure of the Green Deal scheme generally made this legislation unenforceable. However, from 1st April 2018 properties with an F or G rating will be unable to let their properties. Our in-house domestic energy assessor will be pleased to provide landlords with free advice on how to increase the energy efficiency of their properties. We also provide an EPC audit service which goes beyond the standard recommendations with a detailed survey and run through the software options to analyse the most cost-effective way to increase a property’s energy rating.

If you require any further information on EPCs, please contact us and we will be happy to help.