It is now a mandatory requirement that any residential property must have an energy performance certificate.
The energy performance certificate derives from the European Union as an initiative to improve energy efficiency across all EU member countries. It is now a mandatory requirement that any residential property, not exempt, must have an EPC prior to marketing.
An EPC can only be produced by an assessor on the approved Government Accreditation Scheme who is a registered Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) or a Home Inspector (HI).
The purpose of the assessment is to calculate and determine how energy efficient the energy related features are in the property.
There are two specific elements which the EPC is designed to identify;
- The energy efficiency of a property
- The environmental impact of a property
The results are highlighted in the format of a colour chart with ratings of A to G, A being the most energy efficient. This information highlights the energy performance of the building and can offer an accurate estimate of the utility costs in heating and lighting that you could expect to pay whilst living in the property.
The main components identified and assessed are;
- Roof construction type
- Loft insulation
- Wall construction type
- Floor construction type
- Windows and glazing
- Main heating system
- Secondary heating system
- Water heating
- Low energy lighting
The certificate is valid for 10 years, however if improvements to the property are made during that time, it could have a positive effect on the EPC rating. For example; replacing the boiler, double glazing windows and insulating lofts all help to improve the energy performance of a property and improve ratings. Under these circumstances it would be mindful to instruct a new EPC survey to reflect these improvements highlighting an improved rating.
As of April 2018 there is a minimum EPC rating on the private rented sector properties, which is a rating of E on all renewals and new instructions. For all tenancies occupied pre April 2018 the minimum rating will come into effect from April 2020.
So if your property is lingering between the E to G ratings, give us a call to chat through the best and most cost effective ways of improving your property’s performance whilst evading any void period.