By law an EPC (Energy Performance Certificates) is required as soon as a property is placed on the market- with legislation furthermore stating that an EPC must be available for a potential purchaser to view on request. The responsibility to obtain an EPC is with the owner/seller. Complying with the legislation at the beginning of the selling process will avoid any risk of being fined, as a failure to do so could result in a £200 fine for every breach (one breach equating to one report that an EPC is not available for viewing). Furthermore, a sale cannot complete unless an Energy Performance Certificate is in place.
An Energy Performance Certificate tells you how energy efficient your home is on a scale of A-G. The most efficient homes will have a rating at the upper end of that scale and will therefore be more energy efficient. The certificate also advises on the impact your home has on the environment, and what improvements you could make to improve the rating of your property.
In order to obtain your EPC it will be necessary to arrange an assessment of the property with a fully trained Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). During this assessment the DEA will conduct a full survey of the property, recording specific details which are then input into unique software used to calculate the energy rating.
Included in your Energy Performance Certificate is a recommendation report which suggests ways in which you can improve on your home’s energy efficiency to save you money and help the environment. There is no legal requirement to make the improvements, but the recommendations are designed to highlight the cost benefit and payback periods in addition to reducing your home’s impact on the environment.
Charles Digney is a fully trained Domestic Energy Assessor and will be able to carry this out for you. For further details please contact the office on 028 3025 2010.