What Exactly Is an EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a report that provides information on how energy efficient a building is. The report also includes recommendations for improving the property’s energy efficiency. It assesses the performance of a building using two ratings—the Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) and the Environmental Impact Rating (EIR). The ratings are given on a scale from A (very efficient) to G (very inefficient). Every home or rental property needs to have an up-to-date certificate with an EER rating of at least E.
Why Do I Need An EPC?
The main reason why anyone in Surrey needs an EPC is that they are legally required by law. All residential properties must have an up-to-date certificate when they are sold or rented out. If you are selling your home, you will also need one in order to list it on estate agency websites. Additionally, having a valid certificate can be beneficial for potential buyers as it will help them understand the energy efficiency of your home before making their purchase decision. Furthermore, having an accurate assessment of your home’s energy efficiency can help you save money on bills as well as make improvements where necessary so that your home is more energy efficient overall.
Benefits of Having an EPC
The most important benefit of having an EPC is that it will inform potential buyers or tenants about the energy efficiency of a property, which can help them make an informed decision. An EPC also helps homeowners and landlords save money on utility bills because they can identify areas of their home where they can make improvements to increase energy efficiencies, such as installing new windows or insulation. Additionally, some lenders may require applicants to have an EPC when applying for mortgages.
Government Regulations Surrounding EPCs
The government has set strict regulations regarding Energy Performance Certificates in order to ensure that homes across the country meet minimum standards for energy efficiency. Landlords must also ensure that their tenants get access to their copy of the certificate upon request and provide advice on how they can save money on their bills by making simple changes around the house such as improving insulation or switching off lights when not in use. Additionally, if any changes are made to the building structure which may affect its energy performance rating then another certificate must be obtained within 6 months after the changes were completed.
Wall Thickness Measurement
The DEA (Domestic Energy Assessor) will need to measure the wall thickness of at least one wall for every construction type. It would be helpful to the assessor if windows are unlocked, ornaments moved, and furniture that may restrict access is repositioned.
The DEA will also need to evidence the existence of both gas and electricity meters. For meter boxes situated outside, a clear path must be present free from obstacles like bins or recycling boxes. For meters located inside, cupboards should be cleared enough so that the DEA can clearly inspect them. Additionally, if a meter is located high up on the wall and requires a ladder for inspection, then coats or anything else that could hinder access should be removed from the wall before the inspection begins.