An EPC is a document that shows how Energy Efficient a property is.
EPC's were introduced in 2007 to show potential buyers or tenants how energy efficient the property they are looking to purchase or rent is going to be. It was initially introduced only for properties with four or more bedrooms but now covers all domestic and commercial properties.
An EPC will contain details about he assessment and the property such as the date the assessment was carried out, by whom it was carried out, the property address, certificate date and serial number, property type and overall floor area.
It will also show on a scale from A being the best to G being the worst to show how energy efficient the property is, it will also contact details of the construction type, if the type of wall insulation, heating type and depth of loft insulation, the more energy efficient the property the higher the rating.
EPC's can only be carried out by a fully qualified Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA)
Absolute employ fully qualified DEA's who all have NVQ's in customer service so you can be sure that they are not only fully qualified but are also friendly and helpful.
On each EPC it will show recommendations for improving the properties Energy Efficiency, it will also show a rough cost and the savings each year that could be achieved to give you an idea of the payback period of the measure. It will also show how many KG's of Co2 could be saved by installing these measures, and if these measures are available on the Green Deal.
Any property that has been put on the market since 2007 would have needed an EPC before it was marketable.
This was part of the HIPS pack to show potential buyers how energy efficient their new property was going to be and make them aware of any recommendations for Energy Efficiency Measures they may need to make when they move in.
Any new tenancy starting on or after 1st October 2008 requires a valid EPC which lasts for 10 years before the property can be let.
There are fixed penalties for failing to provide an EPC/make one available when required. The fixed penalty for dwellings is £200 per dwelling. There is a six month time limit for any enforcement action to be taken.
The higher the EPC rating the more attractive the properties will be for tenants so your property will let faster and maybe for more money.