Energy Performance Certificate
What is an Energy Assessment and why do I need one?
It is a legal requirement to have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when a building is sold, rented or constructed. Your property’s EPC needs to be available to potential buyers as soon as you start to market your property for sale or rent. This will inform people how energy efficient the property is, including any potential savings on fuel payments. Failure to have a valid EPC may result in a fine, although there are exemptions e.g. listed properties.
You must get an approved /accredited Domestic Energy Assessor to produce the EPC, which provides information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs. If you implement any of the energy efficiency recommendations outlined in your EPC, you may wish to get a fresh EPC done to include these improvements. An accredited Energy Assessor visits the property to collect only the data required for assessing energy features, and generates an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) using government-approved software.
The assessment is based on the construction and type of dwelling and relevant fittings (heating systems, insulation or double glazing, for example). It is not a structural or building survey, condition report or property valuation. An EPC is valid for 10 years form the ‘Date of Certificate’ date, which is shown in the top left-hand corner of the EPC.
An EPC should not be read as a comment on the overall condition of the property nor will it comment on the presence or otherwise of asbestos, high alumina cement concrete, additives including calcium chloride, or any building defects or hazardous materials. It will also not cover items or problems in the property which would be picked up in a building survey, which may be costly to rectify, as these are outside the scope of the data collected.
The EPC provides an indication of the potential energy performance of the property and may identify that the current boiler is not the most efficient boiler available. The recommendation to improve the boiler to a more energy efficient boiler is made purely on the energy efficiency rating of the boiler and is not a reflection of the age or condition of the currently installed boiler. Therefore, a recommendation might identify that there are more efficient boilers available and that a homeowner should consider this when they next have to replace the boiler.