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Do I Need An EPC?

A valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a mandatory requirement for selling or renting a property on the open market in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The certificate must be commissioned by a qualified EPC assessor and include current information regarding the property's energy performance. The validity period for the certificate is 10 years for new builds and for existing properties. New builds require an EPC for approval from building control, commonly referred to as an SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure). Existing buildings only require an EPC when they are either being sold, rented or remortgaged. In some cases, if energy improvements such as a new boiler or upgraded insulation have been implemented, the installer may conduct a new EPC, particularly if the work has been funded through grants.

What Is an EPC?

An EPC or Energy Performance Certificate is a rating system for the efficiency of a domestic property or dwelling. The property is rated from A to G with A being the most efficient and G the least. The EPC will also produce recommendations on measures to take to improve the efficiency rating.

An EPC is required prior to marketing a property for sale, rent and remortgage purposes. The purpose of an EPC is to provide potential buyers, tenants or mortgage lenders with information about the energy efficiency of the property so that they can make an informed decision about their purchase or rental. The certificate also contains recommendations for improving the energy performance of the property, which can be used to lower energy bills.

Who Are We?

We are an expanding nationwide network of local energy assessors, committed to covering the entire United Kingdom with reliable and personable professionals. Our website, crafted by our skilled web developers, is designed to fulfil our goal of connecting individuals in need of an Energy Performance Certificate with local and available assessors who provide a professional service at a competitive price.

 

Our team of Domestic Energy Assessors are fully accredited, insured, and CRB-checked.

 

To ensure your safety and peace of mind, a photo of the assessor will be displayed on the website when booking, and the EPC inspector will carry an ID card from their accreditation company. When you book one of our assessors, you can rest assured that you are in capable hands.

 

We take pride in offering a hassle-free experience for our customers, from the moment of booking to the receipt of their certificate. Recognizing that dealing with energy performance certificates can be confusing and time-consuming, we are here to take care of it for you.

What Epc Rating Do I Need To Buy, Sell or Rent My Property?

While there are presently no set restrictions to dictate the required energy performance grade for selling a house, specific mortgage lenders may impose a particular rating, particularly for those intending to rent the property. Currently you can’t rent out a property in the UK if the rating is an F or below and most mortgage companies will not lend money to buy or remortgage a home in the UK if the rating is an F or Below.

 

For rental properties, adherence to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations is crucial. Currently, these regulations mandate that the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating must achieve at least an E rating. Failure to comply with MEES regulations may lead to substantial fines. Hence, it is essential to be informed about your property's energy performance before placing it on the market.

 

Engaging in a professional energy assessment can assist in pinpointing any deficiencies in your property and provide recommendations for enhancements. By enhancing the energy efficiency of your property, you not only contribute to environmental preservation but also enhance its appeal to potential buyers or renters

Will the Minimum Standard for an EPC Rating Rise in the Future?

Introduced in 2007, the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) serves as a measure of a property's energy efficiency. The existing minimum standard stands at an E rating; however, there are ongoing discussions urging an increase in this standard to enhance the energy efficiency of properties nationwide. The government is presently contemplating elevating the minimum standard to either a D or even a C rating, with the potential implementation of this change as early as 2025.

What Does an EPC Involve?

An EPC assessment will generally take around 30 to 45 minutes depending on the complexity of the property. Your local EPC assessor will take note of the following details listed below;

  • Building age
  • Fuel
  • Construction
  • Windows
  • Hot water
  • Heating
  • Renewables (such as solar)
  • Insulation (Loft and Cavity)
  • Building Measurements

Where Can I Find My EPC?

All Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are archived in a central register maintained by the government. This register is openly accessible to the public and can be easily searched using a postcode.

Upon entering the postcode, a comprehensive list of all EPCs within that area will be displayed. Each entry in the list provides a brief overview of the certificate, including its rating and expiry date. This feature enables users to compare their own EPC ratings with those of other properties in the vicinity.

In essence, the process of locating an EPC is uncomplicated and can be accomplished in just a few minutes. By referring to the register, homeowners can gain insight into their property's standing in terms of energy efficiency and pinpoint potential areas for improvement.

National EPC Registers

England and Wales

The EPC register, once run by Landmark has recently been taken over by the UK government
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Scotland

If you are looking to check your EPC in Scotland you will need to access the Scottish EPC register
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Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland uses the same government run website for its EPC register as of that in England and Wales
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What Will I Find on an EPC?

Clicking on to the address after searching for your EPC will bring up the full energy performance certificate and the certificate details including address, EPC rating, expiry date and a certificate number. This section of the EPC will also show the type of property and the size of the floor area. 

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