Residential EPCs

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An EPC establishes the energy efficiency of a building using a standard rating from A to G.

It comprises two charts detailing the energy efficiency rating and environmental impact rating (CO2 emissions) for a property at the time of inspection and outlining the potential increases in efficiency and decreases in carbon emissions that might result from the implementation of suggested cost-effective improvements.

Since 1st October 2008 all residential properties require an EPC if they are sold, let or constructed, subject to a very few exceptions.

What are the exceptions?

A property will not require an EPC if it cannot be occupied due to its poor condition and/or the absence of a hot water or heating system.

Properties which are marketed prior to their physical completion must have a Predicted Energy Assessment (PEA) which produces results based on what the property will be like. Upon completion of the works a full EPC must be conducted if the property is still available.

What does the survey account for?

The survey takes into account factors such as the age, size and construction of the property, its thermal insulation and its water, heating and lighting systems. During the inspection a floor plan will be drawn and measurements, photographs and notes taken. The survey is non-instrusive and is purely a visual inspection.

What happens to the completed EPC report?

The certificate must be displayed on agent's marketing particulars and, in the case of letting property, be attached to the tenancy. Failure to hold a valid EPC can result in a £200 fine per offence.