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What Is an EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document that assesses the energy efficiency of a building on a scale from A (the most efficient) to G (the least efficient). The certificate contains information about the building’s insulation levels, heating system, lighting system, and other aspects related to its energy performance. The assessment is conducted by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor who will visit your property and perform tests to determine its overall energy efficiency rating.
The Benefits of Getting an EPC
Having an up-to-date EPC on your property has several benefits. For starters, it helps identify any areas where improvements can be made to reduce your energy consumption. This could include insulation upgrades, replacing inefficient lighting fixtures with LED bulbs, or upgrading your heating system to something more efficient. An EPC can also help reduce utility costs by making your home or rental property more energy-efficient overall. Additionally, having an up-to-date certificate will help you stay compliant with government regulations concerning energy efficiency ratings for properties being rented out or sold in Shirebrook.
In recent years, the UK government has implemented several regulations surrounding the need for landlords and homeowners in Shirebrook to have up-to-date Energy Performance Certificates on their properties. These regulations state that all properties must have an updated version of their certificates before they are put up for sale or rent. Failing to comply with these regulations can result in hefty fines and potential legal action if the issue isn’t corrected promptly. Therefore it’s important that homeowners and landlords in Shirebrook ensure they always have a valid certificate on their property before putting it on the market or renting it out again after renovations have been completed.
What Access Does an Epc Assessor Need When Inspecting a Property?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) assessor needs access to various parts of a property to conduct a comprehensive and accurate energy efficiency assessment. The following list provides an idea of what areas they need to inspect:
- Exterior of the building: The assessor will need to inspect the external walls, windows, doors, and roof to assess their condition and estimate their energy efficiency levels. They’ll need to know if there’s any insulation and the quality of it.
- Heating system: The EPC assessor needs to look at the heating system of the property. This includes boilers, heaters, and any other devices used for heating. They’ll also want to see the controls for the heating system to assess their efficiency.
- Hot water system: This includes the hot water tank and any related equipment. The assessor will need to check the insulation and efficiency of the system.
- Ventilation and cooling systems: If the property has any cooling or ventilation systems, the assessor will need to inspect them. This includes things like air conditioning units or mechanical ventilation systems.
- Lighting: The EPC assessor will look at the type of lighting installed in the property and consider its energy efficiency.
- Loft and Crawl Spaces: If the property has any loft spaces or crawl spaces, the EPC assessor may need to inspect them. This is particularly important if they contain insulation.
- Floorplan: The assessor will need to be able to measure or confirm measurements of the overall size of the property and its individual rooms.
It’s important to note that the EPC assessor will carry out a ‘non-invasive’ inspection, which means they should not cause any damage to the property. It’s a visual inspection, so there should be no need to make holes in walls or floors.
Before the visit, it’s helpful to have relevant documentation ready, such as any certificates for wall insulation, details of when the boiler was installed, or information about any energy-saving improvements that have been made.
Remember to ensure that all areas of the property are accessible on the day of the assessment and that keys are available for all locked doors. If parts of the property are inaccessible, it may not be possible to complete the assessment.