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What Is An EPC?

An EPC or Energy Performance Certificate is a rating system for the efficiency of a domestic property or dwelling. The property is rated from A to G with A being the most efficient and G the least. The EPC will also produce recommendations on measures to take to improve the efficiency rating.

An EPC is required prior to marketing a property for sale or rent, and if the property is let, the EPC must be renewed if it expires during the tenancy. The purpose of an EPC is to provide potential buyers or tenants with information about the energy efficiency of the property so that they can make an informed decision about their purchase or rental. The certificate also contains recommendations for improving the energy performance of the property, which can be used to negotiate lower energy bills.

 

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Do I Need an EPC?

A valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a legal requirement when selling or letting a property on the open market in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The certificate must be commissioned by a qualified assessor and contain up-to-date information about the energy performance of the property. The certificate is valid for 10 years for new builds and for any existing property that has undergone energy-efficient improvements during that time. New builds need an EPC to sign off from building control. (An EPC on a New Build is referred to as an SAP). Existing buildings only ever need an EPC when either sold or let. Occasionally if they have had energy improvements e.g., a new boiler or upgraded insulation, the installer may carry out a new one especially if the work has been grant-funded.

 

For landlords and sellers, a higher EPC rating can enhance the attractiveness of the property, potentially leading to quicker sales or rentals and possibly higher property values. As environmental awareness increases and energy prices continue to rise, the significance of having a current and favourable EPC is likely to grow even further.

Who Are We?

We are an ever-growing nationwide network of local energy assessors with the mission of covering all of the United Kingdom with reliable and friendly energy assessors. Our web developers have designed this website realising our intention of linking those who need an Energy Performance Certificate with a local and available assessor who will offer a professional service at a competitive price.

Our Domestic Energy Assessors Are Fully Accredited, Insured and CRB-checked.

For your safety and peace of mind, a photo of the domestic energy assessor will appear on the website at the point of booking. The EPC inspector will also carry an ID card from their accreditation company. You can be sure you are in safe hands when you book one of our assessors.

We pride ourselves on being able to offer a hassle-free experience for our customers from the moment they book to the receipt of their certificate. We understand that dealing with energy performance certificates can be confusing and time-consuming, so let us take care of it for you.

What Epc Rating Do I Need To Buy, Sell or Rent My Property?

Although there are no restrictions currently in place to determine what grade of energy performance you would need to sell a house, certain mortgage lenders may require a specific rating, especially if you are buying to rent.

Rental properties are governed by the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations which currently require the EPC rating to achieve at least an E rating. Any breach of the MEES regulations could potentially be served with a sizeable fine. As a result, it is important to be aware of the energy performance of your property before putting it on the market.

A professional energy assessment can help you to identify any areas where your property falls short and make recommendations for improvements. By making your property more energy-efficient, you can not only help to protect the environment but also make it more attractive to potential buyers or renters.

Will the Minimum Standard for an EPC Rating Rise in the Future?

The minimum standard for an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating, particularly in the context of rental properties, has been subject to change and discussion in various regions. As governments worldwide are increasingly focused on reducing carbon emissions and improving energy efficiency, it is quite plausible that the minimum acceptable EPC rating for rental properties, and possibly for sales, could rise in the future.

For instance, in the UK, current regulations require privately rented properties to have a minimum rating of E on their EPC. However, there have been discussions and proposals to raise this minimum requirement to a C by 2025 or 2030 for new tenancies. This move is part of broader efforts to increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon footprints in the residential sector.

Any changes to these standards will likely be part of a gradual process, accompanied by government guidance, support schemes, and possibly financial incentives for property owners to make the necessary upgrades.

What Does an EPC Involve?

An EPC assessment will generally take around 30 to 45 minutes depending on the complexity of the property. Your local EPC surveyor will take note of the;

Building age
Fuel
Construction
Windows
Hot water
Heating
Renewables (such as solar)
Insulation (Loft and Cavity)
Building Measurements (a floor plan is required)
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Where Can I Find My EPC?

All energy performance certificates (EPCs) are stored on a central register which is maintained by the government. This register is freely accessible to the public and can be searched simply using a postcode.

 

Once the postcode has been entered, a list of all EPCs within that area will appear. Each EPC on the list will show a quick snapshot of the certificate, including the rating and expiry date. This allows users to compare their own EPC ratings with those of other properties in the area.

 

Overall, the process of finding an Energy Performance Certificate is straightforward and can be completed in just a few minutes. By consulting the register, homeowners can get an idea of where their property stands in terms of energy efficiency and identify potential areas for improvement.

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What Will I Find on an EPC?

Clicking on the address after searching for your EPC will bring up the full energy performance certificate and the certificate details including address, EPC rating, expiry date and certificate number. This section of the Energy Performance Certificate will also show the type of property and the size of the floor area. 

 

Additionally, this detailed section of the Energy Performance Certificate can provide a clearer understanding of how the property's specific characteristics influence its energy efficiency. Understanding these details can help homeowners and potential buyers make informed decisions about energy improvements and the overall value and comfort of the property.

National EPC Registers

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England and Wales

The EPC register, once run by Landmark has recently been taken over by the UK government

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Scotland

If you are looking to check your EPC in Scotland you will need to access the Scottish EPC register

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Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland uses the same government run website for its EPC register as of that in England and Wales