Since 14th December 2007 all homes marketed for sale require an Energy Performance Certificate.
Although an Estate Agent can market your house before the Energy Performance Certificate is received they must try to ensure that a certificate is available within 7 days of the property first being put on the market. Not having one when one is required can lead to a fine.
An EPC is required whenever a property is:
There are “Exemptions” and these include:
If you own a home you might consider getting an energy performance survey done anyway. It could help you identify ways to save money on your energy bills and improve the comfort of your home.
If you are contemplating selling this could prove beneficial by alerting you to ways in which the saleability of your home could be improved.
You will most likely come across EPC’s when viewing property on the internet or picking up sales particulars from estate agents. Commonly you will see just two parts of the EPC. Agents are obliged only to quote the Energy Efficiency rating banded A – G and to show just the corresponding traffic light coded, horizontal bar chart.
What a full EPC actually contains is actually significantly more than this!
Far from being just a multi-coloured bar chart the EPC is infact a four page document which contains information such as the following.
An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).
EPC’s are very similar to the stickers you see on new appliances for your home. They tell you how costly it will be to heat and light a property, and what its carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be.
The EPC will also state what the Energy-Efficiency Rating (EER) could be if improvements are made. It highlights cost-effective ways to achieve a better rating. Even if you rent your home, some improvements noted on the EPC may be worth implementing, such as switching to more energy-efficient light bulbs.
The EPC has a second bar chart which refers to the Environmental Impact Rating. (EIR) of the subject property. It is similarly rated to the Energy Efficiency Rating with bands from A-G. This time in shades of blue it relates to the current and potential Carbon Dioxide emissions of the property.
Where “G” is the worst rating with higher emissions and “A” is the best rating with the lowest emissions.
Currently legislature states that an EPC is valid for 10 years.
You are not obliged to do so, however you are at liberty to and indeed may wish to have a further EPC prepared within that time period. Such an instance may arise where a property has been significantly modernised/improved such that the energy efficiency of the house may be thought to have improved increasing in rating across a band, especially where it goes up a band with improved energy efficiency.
In England, Wales & Northern Ireland EPC’s the surveys can only be carried out and the certificates prepared by a specially qualified Domestic Energy Assessor. (D.E.A.)
Good estate agents will be able to save you the time and hassle of sourcing a DEA by recommending one. One you can trust in your home and provide you with an EPC by a qualified D.E.A. At Kirkland & Lane we can obviously source the same for you.