What is an EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate, commonly referred to as an EPC, is a report which indicates the energy performance of a property. The report will give you a rating from A-G (A being the highest band, and G the lowest) and will also give you a potential of where your property could reach if you carry out th
e recommendations stated on the report.
Some Legislation surrounding EPC's.
An EPC became mandatory on all properties being sold, let or constructed in England and Wales after 2007.
In 2018, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards made it legislation that any properties being sold or let to have a minimum energy efficient rating of E or above. For any properties that don't make improvements, there are fines of up to £5,000 for domestic dwellings, and up to £15,000 for commercial properties.
Picking an assessor and what to expect from them.
When picking an assessor it is very important to make sure that the assessor is a legitimate one. The easiest way to pick an accredited assessor would be to search the government website, and searching by postcode for your nearest assessor. All of their contacts details will be available for you to contact them and book in an appointment with peace of mind.
When an assessor is on site, they will need access to all rooms in the property (including the loft space) so they can take measurements and undertake a visual inspection. Once all the information has been gathered the assessor will input the data in to their software and this will calculate your rating. Most assessor can compete this on site or at home, and the report can be with you very quickly. Most assessors will have this over to you within 1 business
day (and usually a lot sooner than that!).
Once the EPC is lodged it will also be available online for you to view through the government website. This will not have any of your personal contact details on there, so need to worry about receiving random phones calls!
How can you help your assessor.
There are a few things that you as the client can help your assessor with.
If you have had any insualtion installed in your property it may be worth digging out any evidence you may have. For example, if you have installed 200mm of insulation in your loft, but had the loft boarded over, it would be important to have the details available. This is because assessors are audited routinely by their accreditors to ensure they are doing their job correctly. So if there is no way to see this, the assessor will have to put this down as 'as built'.
The same is true if you have had an insulated door installed. The assessor will only be able to input the the U values of the door if you have the evidence to prove it.
Basically any evidence you have available, have it to hand prior to the assessor attending as it will improve your EPC and make both your lives a lot easier!