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Energy Performance Certificates

Since 1 October 2008 all homes have needed an EPC when built, sold or rented out. They have being introduced to help improve the energy efficiency of buildings.

For rental properties an EPC will need to be provided whenever a self-contained property is let to a new tenant. It is the responsibility of the person selling or renting a building to have a valid EPC to show to prospective buyers and tenants. EPCs are produced by accredited energy assessors.


What is an Energy Performance Certificate?

An EPC will tell buyers and sellers about a building’s energy efficiency, using A to G ratings like those used on appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators.

The certificate will also specifically show, for each individual property, various improvements that could be made to cut fuel bills and carbon emissions, the costs of doing this and how quickly these will be recouped through reduced spending on energy.

They are produced using standard methods and assumptions about energy usage so that the energy efficiency of one building can easily be compared with another building of the same type.

What does an Energy Performance Certificate look like?

For homes, two ratings are shown - Energy Efficiency Rating and Environmental Impact (CO2) Rating.

The Energy Efficiency Rating is a measure of a home's overall efficiency. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient the home is, and the lower the fuel bills are likely to be. The Environmental Impact Rating is a measure of a home's impact on the environment in terms of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions - the higher the rating, the less impact it has on the environment.

Each rating is based on the performance of the building itself and its services (such as heating and lighting), rather than the domestic appliances within it. This is known as an asset rating. The certificate also lists the potential rating of the building if all the cost-effective measures were installed.

The certificate also includes a recommendation report, providing information about ways to improve the energy performance of the property.

How Do I Get an Energy Performance Certificate?

Abbeyfords can fully manage the ordering process for you.