Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
The EPC certificate will tell you the building’s:
- Energy Efficiency rating
- Environmental Impact CO2 rating
- Estimated energy use, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and fuel costs
- Summary of your building’s energy performance related features
- Recommendations for improvements which your home’s energy performance
Energy Efficiency Rating
Environmental Impact (CO2) Rating
Who needs an EPC?
It is a legal requirement to have an EPC for all newly built properties. An EPC is also required for rental properties at least every 10 years or whenever a new tenant moves in. Any rental property being advertised must display the energy efficiency rating. It is recommended that the EPC be affixed to the property, usually in the boiler room.
Energy Efficiency Rating
Buildings are rated on a scale from A – G (A being the most efficient).
The higher a building’s EPC rating, the less expensive it is to heat.
Recommendations are contained within the Recommendation Report which provide upgrades to improve the energy efficiency of your building, thus raising the rating of the as part of the EPC. Another EPC would need to be carried out to reflect this new improved grade.
EPC’s have been introduced as part of a European directive to help improve the energy efficiency of properties and also the environmental impact that the energy used to heat, light and power properties have. AC Gold Energy can carry EPC surveys for you to help ensure your property is as efficient as possible.
Following an EPC survey the property is given a rating on a scale of A-G (A being the most efficient, G the least efficient).
The EPC is accompanied by an associated Energy Report. This provides further information regarding the energy efficiency of the property. It includes;
- Recommendations of cost effective improvements that could be carried out to the property to improve its energy efficiency and save you money. The recommendations are split into two sections:
- those that could be carried out at a relatively low cost (below £500) and those that would incur a higher cost (over £500)
- The property’s estimated annual energy use.
- Carbon dioxide emissions.
- Fuel running costs based upon current energy use.
Once your EPC survey has been carried out we will provide you with your very own, obligation free, tailored Energy Performance Plan. This Affordable Step by Step Energy Performance Plan details our costs for carrying out the work recommended in your Energy Performance Certificate and could give you the option of spreading the payment for any works we carry out over a 12-36 month period.
Did you know…
- Energy used in homes is responsible for over a quarter of all UK emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas causing climate change. Making your home as energy efficient as possible will reduce carbon emissions and could also save you on average £250 a year on your fuel bills. * Directgov
- Over half of the heat in an uninsulated home is lost through the walls and roof. Most UK homes don’t have the recommended amount of insulation. * Directgov
- You could save around £55 a year by changing all your light bulbs to Energy Saving Recommended ones? * Energy Saving Trust
In addition to the information provided on the energy performance certificate, more detailed information and recommendations are contained within the Recommendation Report which is provided as part of the EPC.
- when a new building has been constructed (at the completion stage of the building warrant process); and
- when a building is to be sold or rented to a new tenant.
- An EPC must also be obtained and displayed in a building over 250 m² in area, which is occupied by a public authority and frequently visited by the public.
The EPC is valid for a period of 10 years and does not have to be updated during this time. However, if improvements are carried out by the building’s owner within this time, they may choose to update the EPC to reflect the higher energy efficiency rating – particularly if the building is to be sold or re-let.
- Stand alone buildings (other than dwellings) with a useful floor area of less than 50m²
- Temporary buildings with a planned use of two years or less
- Buildings with a low energy demand (non-residential, agricultural buildings and workshops
- buildings sold for the purpose of demolition
Please note that ‘places of worship’ and historic buildings are not subject to an exemption in Scotland.
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