Energy Performance Certificates
So… What is an Energy Performance Certificate?
Energy Performance Certificates or EPC certificates have been around in one shape or another since 2008. However, they still remain a mystery for most members of the general public. The information contained within the document could help you save the planet as well as hundreds of pounds a year on your energy bills.
An EPC is a five-page document that indicates how efficiently your property uses energy. Our assessor will examine key items such as loft insulation, central heating boiler, hot water tank, radiators, windows and double glazing. An EPC is produced using a standard layout and uses standardized measures and usage patterns to enable properties of all shapes and sizes, ages and configurations to be compared objectively in terms of:
- their energy consumption
- their impact on the environment.
What information does an EPC contain?
- Current and Potential Performance
- After one of our assessors has visited your property, we are able to calculate the current and potential efficiency ratings for your EPC.
- By looking at the major factors, our assessor will detail a number of potential changes which could be made to improve its efficiency and if/when they are undertaken, how they will effect your bills.
- Average Running Costs
- Particularly handy for the money conscious first time buyers. Average light, heating and electricity costs are calculated.
- A table summary of the property is included which focusses on the main leveraging factors. Average, Poor and Good.
- Can I reuse the EPC I received in the H.I.P
- Yes, following the suspension of HIPs, all EPCs will be valid for 10 years.
- Who will be responsible for providing the EPC?
- The legal responsibility to provide an EPC falls on either the vendor or the landlord. Clients can arrange for VitalSpace to carry out an EPC on your behalf.
- When must an EPC be provided
- A copy of the EPC must be made available to the prospective tenants at the earliest opportunity.
- What are the penalties for non-compliance?
- The penalty for not ensuring that an EPC is available or has been commissioned and failing to include energy information in written particulars is £200. The enforcement of these requirements is the responsibility of Trading Standards Officers.
- How long does an EPC last?
- Once issued the EPC is valid for a 10 year period. It can be used time and time again during this period. Also, you do not have to have a new EPC even if you have work carried out to the property.