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EPC Near Me, is the #1 destination for homeowners and landlords across the UK seeking to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for their property. Our easy-to-use platform connects you with accredited local EPC Assessors, ensuring a smooth and efficient assessment process.

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EPC Near Me, is the #1 destination for homeowners and landlords across the UK seeking to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for their property. Our easy-to-use platform connects you with accredited local EPC Assessors, ensuring a smooth and efficient assessment process.

ECMK accredited EPC assessors
Elmhurst accredited EPC assessor
Quidos accredited EPC assessor
Sterling Accredited Assessor
CIBSE Accredited Assessor
ECMK accredited EPC assessors
Elmhurst accredited EPC assessor
Quidos accredited EPC assessor
Sterling Accredited Assessor
CIBSE Accredited Assessor

What Is an EPC?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is an official report on the energy efficiency of your home or rental property. It contains information on how much energy your home uses and makes recommendations on how to improve its energy performance. This can include simple things like turning down the thermostat a few degrees during colder months, as well as more involved suggestions such as replacing single glazing with double-glazing windows. The report also provides an estimated cost for any suggested improvements.

 

Why Do Homeowners and Landlords in Glasgow Need One?

The Scottish Government requires that all homeowners and landlords in Scotland obtain an EPC before they can put their property on the market for sale or rent. This requirement applies to all buildings – both residential and commercial – located within Scotland. The purpose of this requirement is to provide potential buyers, tenants, and investors with information about the energy performance of a building so they can make informed decisions when purchasing or renting property. Additionally, it encourages owners to make improvements to their properties’ energy efficiency as these improvements can save them money over time through lower utility bills and improved resale value.

 

Government Regulations

The Scottish Government has set minimum standards for the energy efficiency of all residential properties in Scotland, with tough penalties for those who fail to comply. All homeowners or landlords in Glasgow must have an up-to-date EPC before they can list their property on the market or rent it out to tenants. The certificate must be renewed every 10 years, so it’s important that homeowners and landlords keep track of their expiry dates.

 

What Access Does an Epc Assessor Need?

The specific access requirements may vary depending on the type of property and the scope of the assessment, but here are some common areas an EPC assessor may need to access:

  1. Interior spaces: The assessor will need to enter and inspect all interior spaces of the property, including living areas, bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and utility rooms. This allows them to assess the heating, insulation, lighting, and ventilation systems, as well as any renewable energy sources present.
  2. Loft or attic: Access to the loft or attic is often necessary to examine insulation levels and the condition of the roof structure. The assessor may need a ladder or access hatch to reach this area.
  3. Heating systems: The assessor will need access to the boiler or heating system, including any controls or thermostats, to assess its efficiency and functionality. They may need to check the make, model, and age of the system.
  4. Hot water systems: If there is a separate hot water system, such as a hot water tank or immersion heater, the assessor will need to examine it to evaluate its efficiency and insulation.
  5. External areas: In some cases, the assessor may need to access external areas of the property, such as the roof or exterior walls, to assess insulation, materials, or renewable energy installations like solar panels.
  6. Utility meters: The assessor may require access to utility meters, such as electricity or gas meters, to record relevant information for the assessment.

It’s important to note that the specific access requirements can vary based on the property type and the assessment methodology followed by the assessor. Before the inspection, it’s recommended to communicate with the EPC assessor or the company conducting the assessment to clarify any specific requirements or instructions.

To learn more about Energy Performance Certificates, visit our dedicated EPC Register section for comprehensive details and insights.

Roof insulation is a critical factor in an EPC rating because it significantly affects a property’s thermal efficiency. Adequate roof insulation reduces heat loss in colder months and heat gain during warmer periods, contributing to a higher energy efficiency rating.

Energy-efficient lighting, such as LED systems, is evaluated for its contribution to reducing the property’s overall energy consumption. The presence of such lighting can positively influence an EPC rating by lowering the estimated energy costs for lighting.

While landscaping features like trees or shrubs don’t directly impact an EPC rating, they can indirectly affect the property’s energy efficiency. For example, strategic placement of trees can offer shading and cooling benefits, potentially reducing cooling demands inside the property.

Properties with high ceilings are assessed considering the additional volume of space to be heated or cooled, which can impact energy efficiency. However, the EPC also considers insulation, heating systems, and other features that can mitigate the effects of high ceilings on energy efficiency.

Installing a biomass boiler can positively affect an EPC rating if it replaces a less efficient heating system. Biomass boilers are considered renewable energy sources and can improve a property’s energy efficiency and environmental impact rating.

When a property is subdivided, each new unit typically requires its own EPC, reflecting the specific energy efficiency features and systems of that unit. The EPC for each unit will consider shared systems and individual energy efficiency measures.

Non-standard property features, such as unique architectural elements that affect energy efficiency, are considered by EPC assessors on a case-by-case basis. Assessors use their expertise and guidelines to evaluate how these features impact the property’s overall energy performance.

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What to expect when a Domestic Energy Assessor comes to your property

Every Domestic Energy Assessor / DEA will have their own order and format of carrying out the EPC depending on the software that they use and their personal preference to efficiency.

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