The EPC tells you, in a diagrammatic form, the energy band into which your house falls on a scale of A to G, a bit like a fridge label (A - very good, costs less than average to heat, G - very poor, costs more to heat).
There is no requirement for anyone to carry out these measures but, if they are carried out, the dwelling will be made more efficient and will cost less to heat, light and provide hot water.
Any existing house on sale after 30th June 2008 should have an EPC. The EPC should be available to you when you make an enquiry about the house. It is the responsibility of the person who is selling the house to provide this certificate.
When you buy a house your solicitor should receive an EPC with other legal documents from the seller's solicitor.
If you are newly renting a home from 30th December 2008 the EPC for the property should be available to you as soon as you express an interest in it. It is the responsibility of the Landlord who is offering the property for rental to provide the EPC. EPCs are valid for 10 years.
Vendors and landlords are legally obliged to make available an EPC at the time of purchase or rental. There are regulatory powers to fine those persons who fail to provide an EPC. The fine is £20 for each complaint.
The EPC can only be produced by a Government Approved Accredited Assessor.
Our Accredited Assessor will need to inspect the house and take measurements and gather other information, such as, the type of construction, heating system, lighting, secondary heating etc.
Our assessor will use a specialised computer system program to calculate the energy rating of the house based on a standardised occupancy.
EPCs are held on a National Database or Register. Accredited Assessors can access the register for the purpose of updating or recalculating the information.
Every EPC has a unique reference number which can used to check its validity.
Although newer dwellings are built with high standards of insulation and air tightness and have efficient boilers and heating controls, many older dwellings, unless they have been upgraded, do not.
An EPC will provide an accredited assessment of the energy performance of the dwelling you are trying to sell or hope to purchase.
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