What is an EPC?
Why Do Homeowners and Landlords in Blandford Need One?
In Blandford, all homes must have an up-to-date EPC before they can be sold or rented out. This requirement has been put in place by the government in order to reduce carbon emissions from properties and help the UK reach its climate change goals. Additionally, the cost savings associated with improving a home’s energy efficiency can be substantial – up to £275 per year according to recent reports! As such, having an up-to-date EPC can provide homeowners and landlords with both financial savings and peace of mind knowing that their property meets government regulations.
Benefits of Having an EPC
Having an Energy Performance Certificate can provide many benefits for homeowners and landlords alike. For starters, it provides peace of mind knowing that your property meets all government regulations regarding energy efficiency. This not only ensures compliance with current legislation but also provides valuable data for future improvements – allowing you to save money on your utility bills over time! Additionally, having an up-to-date EPC allows potential buyers or tenants to get a better understanding of what kind of energy efficiency rating your property has – providing them with more confidence when making their decision.
What Access Does an EPC Assessor Need?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) assessor, also known as an energy surveyor, conducts evaluations of properties to determine their energy efficiency. When inspecting a property, an EPC assessor generally requires access to the following areas:
- Exterior of the property: This is to check insulation and materials used in the construction of walls, roofs, windows, doors, and so on.
- Interior of the property: This includes all rooms and hallways to check for insulation, glazing type of windows, type and condition of doors, etc.
- Heating system: This includes the boiler, radiators or underfloor heating systems, and controls like thermostats and timers.
- Ventilation system: If any, including air conditioning units, extractor fans, etc.
- Hot water system: Including the hot water cylinder and any associated controls.
- Lighting: The type of light bulbs used throughout the property.
- Loft: To assess the level and type of insulation.
- Basement/cellar: If present, to assess construction type, insulation, and potential areas of heat loss.
- Renewable technology: Any renewable energy sources like solar panels, wind turbines, etc.