Hi, I am Richard, the EPC Near Me assessor for Harworth.
As an experienced assessor, I’m here to help you ensure that your property complies with the latest energy efficiency standards. Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord or estate agent in Harworth, I’m dedicated to delivering a thorough and professional service that offers valuable insights into your property’s energy performance. So why wait? Get in touch with me now to schedule an assessment and start improving your property’s efficiency today.
What is an EPC and How Does it Work?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) measures the energy efficiency of a property on a scale from A to G, with A being the most energy efficient and G being the least. The EPC is based on factors such as insulation, heating, ventilation, and lighting within the property. This information is then converted into a report that provides recommendations for cost-effective ways to improve the energy efficiency of the property.
Benefits of Having an EPC
One of the main benefits of having an EPC is that it can help property owners save money on energy bills by implementing the recommendations provided within the report. This can also result in a more comfortable living environment for tenants and homeowners. Additionally, having a high EPC rating can make a property more appealing to potential buyers and renters in Harworth as it demonstrates an investment in energy efficiency.
The government introduced regulations to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, and one of the requirements was the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). From the 1st of April 2018, it became mandatory for landlords with a new letting or renewal of an existing tenancy, to obtain an EPC rating of E or higher before renting their property. This regulation applies to all residential rental properties, including student accommodation, and HMOs. In addition, any alterations or building work performed to a building will usually require a new EPC.
The government is also currently enforcing Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) that came into effect in April 2018. MEES prohibits landlords in Harworth from renting out properties with an EPC rating of F or G to new tenants or entering new tenancy agreements. After April 2023, landlords will also be prohibited from continuing to lease any property with an EPC rating below E.
What Happens During an EPC Assessment?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) assessor is responsible for assessing the energy efficiency of a property in the UK. During a visit to a property, an EPC assessor will typically look for the following things:
- Type of property: An EPC assessor will first determine the type of property, whether it’s a house, flat, or maisonette, and how many floors it has.
- Insulation: The assessor will inspect the loft, cavity walls, and any other insulation present in the property to determine its effectiveness.
- Heating system: The assessor will check the type and efficiency of the heating system, including boilers, radiators, and thermostats.
- Hot water system: The assessor will examine the hot water system, including the type of hot water cylinder and whether it’s insulated.
- Lighting: The assessor will inspect the lighting in the property to determine whether energy-efficient bulbs are used.
- Windows: The assessor will check the type of glazing used in the windows and whether they are draught-proofed.
- Energy use: The assessor may also ask for information about the energy use in the property, such as how many people live there and how long the property is occupied each day.
Based on these factors, the EPC assessor will assign an energy efficiency rating to the property and make recommendations for improving its energy efficiency.