All domestic and commercial buildings in the UK available to buy or rent must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Having an energy performance survey done will help you identify ways to save money on your energy bills and improve the comfort of your home.
What are EPCs?
Much like the multi-coloured sticker on new appliances, EPCs tell you how energy efficient a building is and give it a rating from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). EPCs let the person who will use the building know how costly it will be to heat and light and what it’s carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be.
The EPC will also advise what the energy-efficiency rating could be if improvements are made. As a result, it highlights cost-effective ways to achieve a better rating. If you rent your home, some improvements noted on the EPC may be worth implementing, such as switching to more energy-efficient light bulbs.
EPCs are valid for 10 years from when issued.
Why get an EPC?
An EPC needs to be available to potential buyers once the property is for sale or rent. An approved Domestic/Commercial Energy Assessor is the only person to produce the EPC.
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.
EPCs and feed-in tariffs
To receive payments under the Government’s feed-in tariff (FIT) for Solar PV you will have to prove that the home has an EPC rating of band D or above to receive FITs at the standard rate.
Who produces energy reports and EPCs?
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, only accredited Domestic/Commercial Energy Assessors can produce valid EPCs.
How can we help?
We supply Property Agents, Owners and Solicitors with Energy Performance Certificates. GC Reports are customer focused and have placed great emphasis on a high quality service.
We are here to help; please feel free to contact us at any time to discuss your requirements.