Everything you need to know about EPC's, what they are and why you need them.
All buildings, either commercial or residential now require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), by law on sale, rent or construction.
An EPC is a certificate rating the energy efficiency of a building on a scale of A to G, where A is the most efficient. EPCs provide an estimate of the building's CO2 emissions according to its observed efficiency as well as a benchmark rating as to what a typical building of its type would emit.
All residential properties as well as commercial buildings or units require an EPC before they can be marketed for sale or rent.
For an assessment to be made for an existing building a survey of the property is required. During the visit the Assessors will need to conduct a full survey of the property and will record specific details. The details are then entered into a standardised computer software system which is used to calculate the energy rating.
The energy rating is based on a survey of the characteristics of the building's fabric, measurements, floor area, heating and hot water systems, roof space insulation and depth, window types, lighting, wall thickness and cavity wall insulation (where applicable).
Each EPC is accompanied by a recommendation report that includes suggested measures designed to improve the building's energy efficiency. The measures are divided up into groups offering short, medium and long-term payback.
Each EPC is valid for 10 years from date of issue.
How do I order an EPC?
Paul O'Keefe Estate Agents are able to arrange for an EPC to be carried out on your behalf in order to avoid any delays letting your property.
You do not have to be registered with Paul O'Keefe Estate Agents or planning to sell/rent your property through us to benefit from this arrangement.
Contact our office to learn more about how we can provide you with an EPC.