EPCs Explained

What is an EPC?

An EPC needs to be produced for any residential property being made available for rental or for sale. A copy must be shown to any prospective tenant or buyer when viewing the property.

What is its Purpose?

An EPC provides information about the energy efficiency of a property. The benefits of this are:

The owner understands how efficient the property is now, and can also see where improvements can be made, together with the potential impact that any improvements would have on the efficiency of the property.  

A potential tenant or buyer can compare the efficiency of a property with others that they are looking at.

How Long Does the EPC Last?

An EPC lasts for 10 years, and can be used for either selling or renting a property.

How Is An Energy Assessment Done?

Our assessment is carried by a physical inspection of the property. The key items of interest to us are the age and construction type of the property, the heating system installed, what insulation is present, the types of windows installed, doors and draughtproofing etc. . The size of the property and details of external walls also have an impact, as will the number of low energy light bulbs in fixed lights.

Our inspection is considered "non invasive". That means we won't be taking up your carpets, or dismantling the boiler etc. We will inspect the boiler to see what type is, and we will look in your loft, to see how much insulation is present. We will be taking measurements so that we can accurately calculate the size of the property.

We will normally sit down with you and explain what we need to do, and then have a brief discussion about the property itself, ie when it was built, whether cavity wall insulation has been installed, any extensions or conservatories that have been added, and any loft conversions. This gives a a good idea about the nature of the property, and also specific areas that we will need to look at in more detail. Many people like to go round the property with us so that we can discuss each aspect of the property and its potential impact on the assessment.