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What Is an EPC?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document that provides information on the energy performance of a building. It contains detailed information about a building’s energy efficiency, including how much energy it uses compared to similar buildings, how much carbon dioxide it emits, and its estimated energy costs. The certificate also includes recommendations on ways to improve the building’s energy efficiency such as installing insulation or replacing inefficient appliances with more efficient ones.

EPCs provide valuable information about a property’s energy efficiency, which allows homeowners and landlords to identify areas for improvement. By adopting the recommended energy-saving methods, you can significantly reduce your energy bills while also helping the environment by cutting down on CO2 emissions. Implementing the suggested improvements can also increase the value of your property.

 

Why Do Homeowners and Landlords in Maesteg Need One?

In Maesteg, homeowners and landlords are legally required to have an EPC if they are selling or renting out their property. This is part of the Welsh Government’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions across Wales. By having an EPC available when selling or renting out a property, homeowners and landlords can demonstrate that they are taking steps to reduce their environmental impact and comply with the law. It also gives potential buyers or tenants an idea of the ongoing costs associated with the property so they can make informed decisions when buying or renting.

 

Legal Requirement

EPCs are a legal requirement for homeowners and landlords in Maesteg who wish to sell or rent out a property. The certificate must be provided to any prospective buyer or tenant, and failure to do so can result in a hefty penalty. They are also required for accessing different government-funded schemes that aim to improve energy efficiency in households.

 

Tenant Attraction

As tenants become more environmentally conscious, they may actively seek properties with high energy efficiency ratings. An EPC can also provide tenants with the assurance that they will be getting a property that is energy-efficient and less costly to run.

 

Compliance with Government Regulations

There are government regulations in place regarding the energy ratings that properties in Maesteg must achieve, especially for landlords who are renting out their properties. EPCs allow landlords to comply with such regulations, and failure to meet these requirements can result in fines.

 

What is the DEA Looking For?

The DEA will assess both the inside and outside of the property. When examining the outside of the property, they’ll determine age, construction type, roof type, number of extensions and detachment. They’ll also examine the brickwork for signs of insulation. Without access to the outside, the DEA can’t complete this critical part of the assessment. It’s, therefore, essential that access to the back and sides of the property isn’t blocked or obstructed. Gardens should be tidy, and pets should be secured for the duration of the assessment.

The inside of the property is where the DEA will spend most of their time. They’ll thoroughly examine every room in the house to identify all areas of heat loss, including windows, doors, walls and ceilings. The assessor will also inspect heating systems, including boilers, radiators, and controls. This helps them determine the efficiency of your energy supply and how it compares against modern standards. To do this, they’ll need access to all rooms in the house, including the attic, basement, and garage.

Your DEA might also need access to cupboards, wardrobes, and storage areas in the house. They’ll be looking for any signs of insulation, as this a crucial factor in determining the overall energy efficiency of any building. It’s also essential that the assessor can inspect the hot water cylinder and controls. If the cylinder is in a cupboard, you’ll need to ensure that this area is clear and accessible.

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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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