Why do I need an EPC?
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.
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. Failure to have a valid EPC may result in a fine, although there are exemptions e.g. listed properties.
What is involved?
If you require an EPC you will need an accredited energy assessor to conduct an energy assessment.
You can search for an energy assessor here
The energy assessor will need to access all rooms as well as the loft. They are also required to inspect heating systems and controls, take measurements and take photographs of all key data included in the survey. The survey is non invasive and a visual inspection is all that is required. You can ask the assessor how long he expects to be as the time varies between properties.
Energy assessors can input this information on site or at home, to produce an Energy Performance Certificate which is lodged to the central register.
How do I get a copy of an EPC?
If you have the report reference number (RRN) or an address, you can easily retrieve an EPC by going to the appropriate register.
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