An EPC is a document which sets out the energy efficiency and performance of a property, together with an Environmental Impact Report – It will estimate the energy usage, carbon dioxide emissions, lighting, heating and hot water costs per annum.
It can also provide advice on areas of potential improvement, the costs to carry out those changes, together with the potential monetary savings that could result. Because EPC’s are graded on a scale of A-G, it is easy to see, at a glance, the ratings for the individual elements and of the property as a whole – as well as the potential areas of improvement.
It is a legal requirement to have an EPC produced within 7 Days of marketing a property for sale or for rent. Of course, most EPCs are produced well in advance of a property being marketed with the certificate highlights being included within the property details. Not providing an EPC can lead to fines of up to £5,000. It is also important to remember that an EPC certificate is only valid for 10 years – so if it has been a while since you moved into your house, you may need to update your EPC.
There are also slightly different requirements if you are a landlord and plan on renting out a property. If this is the case, you will need to have an EPC with a minimum rating – E
Can anyone do an EPC?
Your EPC must be undertaken by an appropriately registered Domestic Energy Assessor. iMyHome has a network of accredited assessors covering the whole of England and Wales. Contact us to speak to a member of the team if you would like more information about how we can help.
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How can I use the EPC?
For potential buyers, an EPC is a very useful source of information when considering the costs of ownership of a property. The EPC can provide data with respect the potential costs of bills associated with living in the property – and what changes you could make to the property, in the future, to reduce those costs.
It’s important to be practical and flexible when it comes to EPCs and to assess results in the context of the age and design of property. Modern homes are built to modern building regulations which require the use of materials and techniques that will, for instance, provide high levels of insulation. However, a 100-year-old stone cottage by the sea was not built to those same modern standards and will therefore, inevitably, produce EPC results that reflect that.
If you are selling a property, you may already have an EPC and that EPC may be still be valid for a number of years. However, if you have had work carried out on the property during your period of ownership – then you may have impacted (positively or negatively) the energy efficiency of the property. You may have replaced the windows, converted the loft space, changed the boiler or even something as small as changed the light bulbs. All these items can have an impact on the EPC ratings – so you may decide it is beneficial to renew your EPC. An up-to-date and relevant EPC may not add thousands to your property – but it gives prospective buyers added confidence that the property has been looked after with regards to such matters.
Don’t think you need an EPC?
There are a few, relatively rare scenarios that means an EPC is not required. For example, places of worship, temporary buildings, buildings that are due to be demolished, listed buildings, etc. If you think you don’t need to provide an EPC, it may be worth getting additional advice or a second opinion to make sure that you are complying with the law.
Speak to the team, and we will be more than happy to advise if you are unsure.