Energy FAQ

What Is An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?

Energy Performance Certificate

Example Domestic EPC Certificate

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required when a property is constructed, sold or let. An EPC is produced after an inspection of a property by an appropriately qualified assessor which proviodes key details and features of the building structure and services present. These are then input into calculation software to produce a rating of between 0 and 100. EPC’s provide details on predicted energy use and costs, as well as recommendations to improve the buildings performance.

Why Do I Need An EPC?

An EPC is required if you wish to sell or let a property. An EPC is valid for 10 years, unless in the case of a commercial building the use, building or services are significantly altered.

As a prospective tenant this should always be provided to you before agreeing a rental contract and will allow you to compare prospective properties and the likely cost for you to occupy them each year. If a seller or landlord fails to provide a valid EPC fines can be levied.

EPCs are designed to help measure and reduce our energy use, as such they will also provide you with a range of options and likely prices and results of improvements you could make. The EPC is also the preliminary step needed to obtain a Green Deal which is specifically designed to allow you to make energy saving improvements on a property using the savings you make in the future.

Energy Performance Certificate

Example Commercial EPC Certificate

How Do I Get An EPC?

Domestic and Commercial EPCs can be produced by an appropriately qualified Domestic or Commercial Energy assessor. Domestic energy assessments will take about an hour, and involve a site walk around of the house and visual inspection of any loft areas and externals. Commercial energy assessment will normally involve a half day or day long site visit (this varies depending on site), including inspections of several key building services.

Gully Howard Technical provide both domestic and commercial EPC’s across the whole of the south coast and London.

EPC Legislation

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) were introduced in phases, starting in August 2007 and were confined to marketed residential properties having 4 or more bedrooms. This was part of the compulsory Home Information Pack (HIP), that has since been scrapped. By December of that year all domestic properties marketed for sale required an EPC.

In April 2008 new-build homes were included and required an On-Completion EPC and by October it had became a requirement for self-contained, rented dwellings to have an EPC when re-let of first let.

Now with very few exceptions an EPC is required for all residential buildings marketed for sale or rent.

Certificates (EPCs) are required by 2002 European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), which came into force in 2006.

The EPBD seeks to reduce the amount of CO2 which is emitted as a result of heating, lighting and providing hot water to UK homes, many of which have remained poorly insulated.

The Energy Performance Certificate is intended to give an estimate of the comparative energy efficiency of a property.
The certificates are commissioned by the seller/landlord (or their agent) from an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA), who visits the property to collect the relevant data and creates the certificate.

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