Domestic Energy Performance Certificate

What we offer

GreenFish Consulting have many years’ experience providing domestic EPC’s to a number of clients including estate agents, solicitors, landlords, facilities managers, and general members of the public.  We cover the south east of England and our prices start at just £60 + VAT.  So if it’s just a one off or a portfolio of domestic EPC’s you require, get in touch we would be happy to provide competitive prices at a high standard.

Questions and Answers

What is an EPC?

An Energy Performance Certificate is a statutory document which became a regulatory requirement in April 2008 for all domestic properties in England and Wales, whenever sold, built or rented.

The EPC tell owners and potential buyers/tenants of properties about the energy efficiency of a building, the EPC provides an asset rating for a building which is based on the potential performance of that building against government benchmarks and shows how the asset rating can be improved if all the recommendations are followed. Ratings are represented with a chart with grades from ‘A’ to ‘G’, where ‘A’ is the most energy efficient and ‘G’ is the least.

This allows potential buyers or tenants to see information on the energy efficiency of the property so they can consider all factors into their financial expenditure after moving in.

Do I need an EPC?

If you are selling or letting your property then the answer is yes.  You are also required to obtain an EPC if you have built a new home.

There are some exceptions to the rule and these include the following:
•    Temporary buildings that will be used less than 2 years.
•    Some buildings that are due to be demolished
•    Holiday accommodation that’s rented out for less than 4 months a year, or is let under a license to occupy.
•    Some listed buildings

What does it involve?

An accredited energy assessor will need to visit your property and conduct a visual survey, which should normally take less than an hour.  The DEA will then need to obtain the following information:
•    Measurements
•    Building fabric such as construction of walls and roof.
•    Signs of cavity wall or loft insulation
•    Boiler type and fuel used
•    Energy saving devices
•    Heating systems and controls

The survey is based purely on a visual inspection, so if you have systems such as underfloor heating etc which you would like included into the final EPC, the assessor will require documentation to prove such like is in place.

How long are EPCs valid for?

An EPC is valid for 10 years.  All EPCs have to be lodged with Landmark, the national database.

 

Areas That We Cover

GreenFish are happy to cover the south-east of England, if you would like us to carry out an EPC on your property outside of the area then please contact us directly for a free quote.

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Information

Regulations are changing from April 2018.  Landlords will be forced to improve the energy efficiency of homes with a current rating of F or G to meet the new minimum standards of E before letting their properties.  This is to help cut tenants energy bills and carbon emissions.  All EPCs are provided with recommendations to help them in this process, and they can also use the governments eco-schemes to alleviate upfront costs.

 

To view the Department for Communities and Local Government requirements click here.

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