What Is An EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document that shows the energy efficiency rating of a building. It gives both homeowners and prospective tenants an understanding of how much energy it takes to heat their home or rental property. The certificate also provides information on improvements that could be made to the building in order to make it more energy-efficient.
An EPC must be conducted by a qualified assessor who visits the property, inspects it thoroughly, and then assigns it a rating from A-G based on its energy performance (A being the most efficient). This rating will help you understand how much money you could save on your bills by making improvements to your heating system or insulation levels.
Benefits of an EPC
Having an up-to-date Energy Performance Certificate can make all the difference when it comes to selling or renting out a property. Not only does it give potential buyers or tenants valuable insight into the overall condition of a building, but it also helps them make decisions based on estimated running costs. Plus, having an up-to-date certificate indicates that your property is compliant with current government regulations for energy efficiency.
Government Regulations Regarding EPCs
Since 2018, all domestic rental properties in England and Wales must have an up-to-date Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) before they can be offered for rent. The same applies when selling a home—an updated certificate must be provided to prospective buyers before contracts are exchanged. It’s important to note that this regulation does not apply to properties that were built before 2006; those are exempt from needing an updated certificate. However, if you’re planning to renovate or make modifications to your property (even if it was built before 2006), then you will need to obtain an updated certificate prior to undertaking any work.
The DEA Will Need to Measure Wall Thickness
The DEA (Domestic Energy Assessor) will need to measure the wall thickness of at least one wall for each construction type. This is usually done through an opening like a window or door, so it would be helpful if these openings were unlocked before the assessor arrives. Furthermore, it would be beneficial if any ornaments or furniture that may restrict access were repositioned and moved aside prior to the arrival of the DEA.
Evidence Existence of Gas and Electricity Meters
The DEA will also need evidence of the existence of both gas and electricity meters. For meter boxes situated outside there must be a clear path free from obstacles such as bins or recycling boxes; for meters located inside cupboards should be cleared enough that the DEA is able to clearly inspect them; and finally, meters located high up which require ladders should have walls cleared of any items such as coats that may hinder access.