Hi, I’m Richard, your EPC Near Me assessor in Carlton.
I operate within Carlton 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 issued by a qualified assessor and measures the energy efficiency of a building. It rates the property from A-G, with A being the most efficient rating and G being the least efficient rating. The certificate also includes advice on ways to improve energy efficiency such as switching to LED light bulbs or installing insulation.
The Benefits of Having an EPC
Having an up-to-date EPC offers numerous benefits for homeowners and landlords in Carlton. For starters, it can give you access to grants or other incentives that are offered by local governments or utility companies if your home meets certain energy efficiency standards. Additionally, having an EPC can increase your home’s value when it comes time to sell as buyers know they will be getting a more efficient property with lower bills than one without an EPC certificate. Finally, having an up-to-date EPC helps landlords meet government regulations regarding rental properties that require all rental properties over 10 years old to have one before tenants move in.
The UK government has set regulations that require all landlords renting out their property to provide their tenants with a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) within 7 days of signing the tenancy agreement. This regulation applies to all residential rental properties built after 2008 and any existing residential rental properties regardless of when they were built. In addition, landlords must also provide tenants with copies of gas safety records at least once every 12 months and provide them with information about how much insulation is installed in their walls and floors if requested by tenants who want to make their homes more energy efficient.
What Specific Things Does an Epc Assessor Look For?
Here are some of the specific things they look for:
- Construction and Age of the Property: Older properties tend to be less energy-efficient than newer ones, which may have been built to higher insulation and energy-saving standards. The assessor looks at when the property was built and what construction methods and materials were used.
- Size and Layout of the Property: Larger properties typically require more energy to heat and cool than smaller ones. The layout also plays a role; for instance, open-plan designs can be more energy-efficient because heat can circulate more freely.
- Insulation: The assessor will look at the type and quality of insulation in the walls, roof, and floors. Proper insulation is one of the most effective ways to save energy because it keeps heat in during winter and out during summer.
- Windows and Doors: Double-glazing and other energy-efficient window and door designs can significantly reduce heat loss. The assessor checks these aspects as well.
- Heating and Cooling Systems: The efficiency of the boiler, furnace, air conditioning units, and other heating and cooling systems is critical. More efficient systems use less energy and produce less CO2.
- Ventilation Systems: These help control moisture levels, reduce indoor air pollutants, and maintain a comfortable temperature.
- Lighting: Energy-efficient lighting, like LEDs, use less electricity than traditional bulbs.
- Renewable Energy Sources: If the property has solar panels, a wind turbine, or any other renewable energy sources, these will contribute to a better EPC rating.
- Water Heating: The assessor will look at the water heating system and its efficiency.
- Appliances: While not always included in an EPC, in some cases, energy-efficient appliances can also contribute to a better energy rating.