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ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATES (EPCs)
What is an EPC?
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) have been introduced to help improve the energy efficiency of buildings.
If you are selling or letting a home you now need a certificate by law. From October 2008 EPCs will be required whenever a building is built, sold or rented out.
Accredited energy assessors produce EPCs alongside an associated report which suggests improvements to make a building more energy efficient.
The Operational Rating is a numerical indicator of the actual annual carbon dioxide emissions from the building. This rating is shown on a scale from A to G, where A is the lowest (best) and G is the highest (worst).
The Advisory Report will contain recommendations for improving the energy performance of the building. An EPC is valid for 12 months and needs to be updated annually. The accompanying Advisory Report is valid for 7 years.
An EPC must contain, by law, the following information:-
- the operational rating and the asset rating (if available) as determined by the government approved method
- show the operational ratings for the building expressed in any certificates displayed by the occupier during the last two years before the nominated date
- include a reference value such as a current legal standard or benchmark
- The EPC will also show the unique certificate reference number, the address of the building, the total useful floor area of the building, the name of the energy assessor, their employer (or trading name if self employed), the name of their accreditation scheme and the date when the EPC was issued.
The EPC must be accompanied by an Advisory Report. EPCs are valid for 3 years on sale properties and 10 years for lettings.
Telephone Nick Champion on 01584 810555 or contact us to arrange for an EPC assessment to be carried out on your home.