Below is a sample EPC certificate – which is in the same format you will recieve following an assessment.
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An EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) is an official document which indicates the overall energy efficiency of your property. It follows a similar method to a domestic appliance such as a fridge or television set. The EPC’s job is to show a potential buyer how efficient your property is at heating itself to a comfortable temperature and to provide adequate light.
The result of the EPC will be an overall rating for your property. ‘A’ is outstanding whilst ‘G’ suggests there are some significant weaknesses.
The EPC is calculated by taking a series of measurements from your property and evaluating the equipment used to light and heat your rooms/water. Here is some of the information that’s taken into account:
All this information is entered into software called RDSAP which automatically calculates an overall rating, based on a series of calculations it makes.
The EPC will also provide a series of recommendations on how your can make your property more energy efficient, such as floor insulation, solar panels or replacing lighting with modern LED/Flourescent units.
It is a LEGAL REQUIREMENT to have an accurate EPC in place before you can put your property on the market.
An EPC lasts for 10 years, so you will need to renew your EPC if it was done over 10 years ago
You MUST have a valid EPC in place prior to placing your property on the market.
The EPC will help your potential buyer understand the total costs of heating and lighting your property, which they may wish to consider before making an offer.
The EPC is also a very useful measure for your own information, because it provides a range of recommendations on how you can improve your property’s energy efficiency.
There is no doubt that additional work you may have done to increase your EPC rating will make your property more attractive to a potential buyer. However, awareness around the EPC is still limited and many buyers may not consider this information in detail before making a purchase.
The EPC assessment should usually take around 90 minutes maximum
To help make the EPC as efficient as possible please ensure:
No, there is no need to provide any of this information, it is not required for the EPC software that the assessor will use
An ‘A’ rated EPC is considered outstanding and demonstrates the best levels of energy efficiency. Properties with this rating are significantly cheaper to keep warm and light and will retain heat much more effectively.
A ‘G’ rated property will will be extremely expensive to keep warm, even if it is a relatively small property. For instance, a 2 bedroom, small semi-detached property could cost as much to heat as a 4 bedroom detached property with an ‘A’ rating. A G-rated property may have in place outdated heating facilities, or may be missing everyday heating appliances such as a combination boiler or radiators. A property with such a rating will unnecessarily increase heating and lighting costs and will require significant investment to correct.
Yes, by law a domestic property needs to achieve at least an ‘E’ rating in order for it to be acceptable for rental purposes.
An EPC certificate is valid for 10 years. You must have your property re-assessed if your EPC is more than 10 years old.
Your EPC will be emailed to you in a PDF format for you to keep. It is also stored on a central EPC register and is available to anyone who wishes to view it.