An Energy Performance Certificate – or EPC – is a four-page document which sets out the energy efficiency of a property on a traffic light system of A to G – A being the most efficient.
An EPC provides an indication of how much it will cost to heat and power a property. It also includes recommendations of energy-efficient improvements, the cost of carrying them out, and the potential savings in pounds and pence that each one could generate.
Since late 2008, it has been a legal requirement for a rental or marketed property to have an EPC. The EPC report gives the person who is buying or renting the property not only a view on its current energy rating, but the measures that can be installed to improve the energy efficiency, including things like the estimated savings these measures would achieve.
An EPC can also allow you to access government grants (including ECO and the GDHIF) to help fund energy saving measures. EPC reports are valid for 10 years, so provided no major changes have taken place to the property, if there is an existing EPC on your home then you do not need a new one.
A domestic EPC takes between 30 – 60 minutes. While at the property, the assessor requires evidence of all levels of current insulation. They will therefore need access to any loft spaces and see documentation proving insulation has been added where they cannot gain access – such as beneath the floor.
We charge a minimum fee of £49 for an Energy Performance Certificate. We appreciate that sometimes you might need an EPC yesterday. We do our best to fit in with your deadlines and in most cases can carry out your EPC the very next day!