EPC Services

Energy Performance Certificates for Dwellings
New Energy Performance Certificate regulations require that everyone who either buys or newly rents a house, be informed of the calculated energy usage of the house. This is done by our Energy Performance certificate (EPC) Assessor.
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What does the EPC tell you?

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).

The EPC is accompanied by:

  • A list of cost effective measures that can be undertaken to improve the energy efficiency of the house
  • The estimated cost savings for heating, lighting and hot water that can be made by following each of the measures recommended above

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.

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Buying or Newly renting a house?

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.

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What do you do if an EPC is not made available when you buy or rent a house?

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.

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Who can produce an EPC?

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.

Daniel Henry Staff Memeber Reviewing An Energy Performance Certificate With Home Owner

Where are EPCs held?

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.

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Is the dwelling you propose to buy or rent energy efficient?

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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