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What is an EPC and why do I need one?

posted 24 Mar 2014, 08:20 by Unknown user   [ updated 25 Mar 2014, 04:20 ]
An Energy performance certificate (EPC) tells the potential buyer of a property how energy efficient the property is and its impact on the environment, how it can be improved and how much money this could save.
EPC's for homes were first introduced in 2007 as part of Home Information Packs (Hips) for home sellers. As of May 2010 there is no requirement for a HIP, but if you're selling your house you're still legally required to have an EPC in place.

You must have at least ordered the energy performance certificate when you put your home on the market, which can be arranged through your estate agent or directly with SES. 
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC's)

In 2008, EPC's were also introduced into the rental market. In most cases, the landlord of the property must have an EPC available for the prospective tenant. 

What information does an EPC provide?
This document is valid for 10 years and shows how good - or bad - the energy efficiency of your property is. Properties are rated on a scale of A-G where an A rating is the most energy efficient. The England & Wales average for an existing dwelling is D60. Homes which are rated more highly should have lower impact through their Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions. The Certificate will also include recommendations on methods by which you can improve your home's energy efficiency, which can save you money and help the environment. 

If you have a brand new home it’s likely to have a high rating. If you have a older home it’s likely to be around D or E.

The energy performance certificate also lists ways to improve the rating - such as installing double glazing or loft, floor or wall insulation.

The theory is that the better the rating your property gets, the more attractive it should be to a tenant as it indicates lower energy bills.

Who can produce an EPC?

EPCs can only be undertaken by an Accredited Energy Assessor who is a member of a government approved Accreditation Scheme, SES have Elmhurst Accredited SAP Assessors, this ensures that we provide certificates in accordance with Government guidelines.

If you would like a free quote then please call us on 01279 873354 or email enquiries@sestesting.com

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