Hi, I’m Richard, your EPC Near Me assessor in Arnold.
I operate within Arnold producing domestic property EPCs, commercial property EPCs and DECS. As an extra service, I can provide floor plans, legionella and risk assessments. I am qualified as a Retrofit assessor with experience in Green Deal and I am also qualified as an OCDEA.
What Is an EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is an assessment of the energy efficiency of a property. It includes two ratings on a scale from A to G – one for the current energy efficiency, and one for the potential energy efficiency if all recommended improvements are made. The EPC also includes information about estimated costs and savings associated with making those improvements, as well as recommendations on how to improve the building’s energy performance. This certificate must be obtained by homeowners or landlords before renting out or selling their properties in order to comply with government regulations.
Benefits of Obtaining an EPC
Homeowners in Arnold who obtain an EPC benefit from having more information about their home’s energy performance, which can help them understand where they can make additional improvements to save money on bills and reduce their environmental impact. Additionally, landlords may find that obtaining an EPC makes it easier for them to rent out their properties due to government regulations that require rental properties to have valid certificates at the start of each tenancy agreement period. Moreover, potential buyers may find that having an up-to-date EPC makes them more likely to purchase a property since they know it meets any legal requirements regarding energy performance standards.
Government Regulations Regarding EPCs
In England and Wales, properties that are rented out must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). These certificates must be updated every 10 years or whenever there is a change in ownership or occupancy status. Additionally, all new dwellings being built must have an up-to-date certificate before they can be sold or rented out by homeowners or landlords in Arnold. Furthermore, certain changes such as extensions or loft conversions may also require obtaining a new certificate in order for the property to remain compliant with government regulations.
What Access Does an Epc Assessor Need When Inspecting a Property?
During an inspection, the EPC assessor will need access to the following parts of a property:
- The exterior of the property: The assessor will examine the outside of the building to determine its size and construction material. They will need to see the walls, windows, and roof. In the case of apartments or shared buildings, understanding the number and type of shared walls will be crucial.
- Heating system: This includes the boiler, radiators, heating controls, and hot water cylinder if present. The assessor will check the type, age, and efficiency of these systems.
- Insulation: They’ll need to see any places where insulation might be installed, such as the loft, the walls, and the floors. If necessary, they may need access to a small hatch to look inside the wall or under the floor.
- Ventilation systems: If the property has ventilation systems or air conditioning, the assessor will need to check these.
- Lighting: The assessor will need to check the type of lightbulbs used in the property.
- Renewable energy technologies: If the property uses renewable energy technologies like solar panels, wind turbines, or a ground-source heat pump, the assessor will need to check these.