An energy performance certificate is a report of the energy efficiency of a property. It’s a standardized document that grades the energy efficiency of a building from grade A to G. The primary purpose of this document is to transparent the energy efficiency status of a property and make the letting or selling process smooth for potential buyers and tenants.
It’s the responsibility of the property owner and estate agent to have a valid EPC before selling or letting a property. To acquire the certificate, the property owner or agent needs to contact a professional EPC surveyor firm that can conduct a comprehensive assessment of your property and generate a certificate that outlines all the pros and cons of your property’s energy efficiency.
At Edward P. Carlson, we have been providing comprehensive EPC surveys since 2010. Our professional EPC surveyor conducts a thorough assessment and then generates a comprehensive EPC report that outlines all major and minor issues of the property. To book a free consultation, call 0800 158 8295 or fill out the form and be in the hands of professional surveyors.
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When do I need an EPC?
EPCs are legal requirements when selling, renting, or building a property. The property owners are bound to obtain an energy certificate to analyse the property’s compliance with government-defined energy standards. You may also need an updated EPC after renovations if you are making significant renovations or modifications to the building that can affect its energy efficiency.
An energy performance certificate is also needed if you want to participate in the government Feed-in Tariffs and Renewable Heat Incentives programs for solar panels. The objectives of these programs are to promote sustainability, reduce carbon emissions, and transition towards cleaner energy sources. You must have an EPC certificate from a reliable source to qualify for these types of incentive programs.
What is Included in an EPC?
EPCs contain many key pieces of information and recommendations for a property’s energy efficiency. Although the certificate format may vary from place to place, it’s designed to help property owners, buyers, and tenants understand the energy performance of their property. Generally, the certificate includes an energy efficiency rating that ranges from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). It reflects the overall energy condition of a building. The EPC includes the annual estimate expenses needed to maintain energy performance to help the owner understand ongoing charges associated with the energy systems.
It also outlines the property’s impact on the environment in terms of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The most valuable section in the certificate is improvement and recommendations, which highlight all problems along with possible and affordable solutions. EPC certificates typically have a 10-year validity period, and the certificate shows the date the certificate was issued.
What’s Involved in an EPC Survey?
EPC surveys involve the evaluation of the property’s energy efficiency as well as its environmental impact. First, our qualified EPC surveyor will visit your property and conduct a thorough assessment of the building, its dimensions, insulation, heating and cooling systems, lighting, and any renewable energy sources (including solar panels). They may also capture photos and sketches to provide evidence of their findings.
Then, the collected data is entered into the specialized software that will calculate the EPC rating based on standardized algorithms. It calculates various factors, including heat loss, thermal performance, lighting efficiency, and more. The software also generates recommendations for the improvement in the EPC rating. Once the calculation process is completed, the assessor documents all findings, energy efficiency ratings, environmental impact details, and recommendations. Finally, the completed EPC document is issued to the property owner
What EPC Rating Do I Need To Buy, Sell, or Rent My Property?
The EPC rating required for selling or letting can vary from place to place. In the UK, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) came into force on 1st April 2018. According to this legislation, all properties being let or sold in England and Wales must have an EPC rating of ‘E’ or higher. As of 1st April 2020, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards apply to all existing tenancies – not just new ones. If your property has an EPC rating of F or G, then you’ll not be able to sell or let your property until your property achieves the EPC rating of “E”.
Where Can I Find My EPC?
To get an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your property, you’ll need to contact an accredited assessor. Book a free consultation with Edward P. Carlson, and we’ll discuss all your needs and requirements in detail and address all your questions. Our service is backed by 13 years of experience, we’ll conduct a comprehensive survey of your property and compile a quality EPC certificate that will clearly outline all major and minor issues in your property along with recommendations to fix them and improve your EPC rating. Contact us today by calling 0800 158 8295 or filling out the contact form.
Why Choose Us?
Edward P. Carlson has been providing surveying services since 2010. Our commitment is to provide quality services and solving the property concerns of the people. We understand how bad EPC rating can affect your property value whether you’re selling, letting or want to have peace of mind that your property is safe. We know that every property is unique that’s why we always tailor our services according to the needs of the individual project. You can learn more about the types of EPC we offer below:
Thinking about what to do? Book a free consultation with us and we’ll give the best advice according to what your property needs instead of a sales pitch. Contact us today!