What is an Energy Performance Certificate? Or EPC
The EPC is a compulsory document required by law by the seller when putting their property on the market for sale. The EPC must be commissioned within 7 days of marketing.
The EPC will show an energy efficiency rating for the energy performance of a home from A to G, where A is very efficient and G is very inefficient.
This is similar to the ratings now displayed on sale for domestic appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines.
The rating is based on factors such as age, property layout, construction, heating, lighting, and insulation. The ratings are standard so the energy efficiency of one home can easily be compared with another.
The average rating for a home is a D/E.
Accompanying the energy efficiency rating is an environmental impact rating of the CO2 emissions relating to the property.
A recommendation report forms part of the certificate and it provides a range of improvement measures which could improve the home’s energy performance.
When should it be made available to buyers?
An EPC must be available to potential buyers when they view a property or receive any information regarding a property. Buyers should expect to see the energy efficiency rating from the EPC on any particulars provided by an estate agent.
The EPC must be no more than 3 years old when the property is put on the market.
We can arrange an assessor to attend your property at a reasonable cost, please call us if you would like this to be arranged.