Which Properties Require an EPC?

The majority of properties in the UK require a domestic energy assessment to obtain an EPC before they can be put up for sale or rent. There are some exceptions where a domestic energy survey isn’t required. These include temporary buildings that are required for less than two years, places of worship, industrial sites and workshops that use very little energy, holiday accommodation that’s let for under four months each year and listed buildings.


Getting an EPC

If you require a domestic or non-domestic  EPC, you will need to use an accredited assessor to carry out the assessment. Energy assessors have undertaken a training programme to understand a building’s energy performance. Only a domestic energy assessor who is licensed through an accredited body can carry out a domestic energy survey.

During the assessment, energy assessors will calculate the area that is seen as ‘space heating’ so that they can establish how much heat is being lost by the property through ceilings and walls. They will inspect heaters, boilers, heating controls and fireplaces and mark down the fuel type that is used. They will also assess the construction of the main house and any extensions and note how old the property is.

During the assessment, the assessor will establish the type of insulation that is present, including loft and wall insulation. They will need to gain access to any loft to do so. They will then record if you are using low-energy lighting in the property and which type of glass is fitted in the windows. All of this information will be recorded, and they will then provide an EPC to the property owner that details their findings.


What is an EPC?

If you’ve never had an energy assessment before, you might not understand exactly what all the details correspond to. The certificate will show you two different ratings. The first is the energy-efficiency rating. This will be graded from very poor (G) to very good (A). The second rating indicates the environmental impact regarding CO2 of the property and uses the same G to A scale. Once it’s issued, the EPC will be valid for 10 years.

Your property will be rated according to the current condition as well as show the potential that the building has. The report will also provide recommendations on how the rating can be improved, which is useful both for the current owners and anyone looking to buy or rent it. There will be a combination of low- and high-cost measures, from changing to low-energy lighting through to installing solar panels.


Benefits of Having an EPC

It is essential to have an EPC before selling or letting your property, but there are also benefits to the property owner of getting a good rating. This will show potential buyers or tenants that the property is as energy-efficient as it can be and that it will cost less to run than other homes that have a lower rating. In order to achieve the best possible rating on your EPC, it’s a good idea to make any improvements that you can before the assessment takes place. These don’t have to be expensive, but they can make a big difference when it comes to determining the energy-efficiency of a property.

Around 50% of the properties in the UK are graded as D on their EPC. This means that there is considerable potential to make your property stand out in the market if you can improve the energy-efficiency rating of it. You can even increase the value of your home by improving the energy rating, and the asking price could rise by as much as 6% if you do so.


Finding an Energy Assessor

When you’re looking for an energy assessor, it’s vital that you use one who is accredited and qualified to carry out the assessment. Otherwise you could find that the EPC isn’t valid, and you will incur additional costs to have a further assessment done. The Department for Communities and Local Government has a register of assessors that you can search online. You can also check if a specific individual is accredited. This enables you to guarantee the credentials of the assessor that you’re using.

When you have your domestic energy assessment, you will be all set to put your property on the market. This might seem like an additional expense and inconvenience when you’re looking to sell or rent your home. However, it could actually be of benefit to the process and make it easier for you to let or sell it if the rating is better than other properties in the local area.

EPC Register :  https://www.epcregister.com/searchAssessor.html