Energy Performance Certificate

We can provide a Domestic Energy Performance Certificate for use by homeowners who are selling and landlords who are renting properties.

What's In An EPC?

During April 2012 the current EPC has been revised and amended in order to support the upcoming Green Deal and be of more use to the homeowner. Some of the changes include:

• Reduced text and the use of plain English
• Moving environmental impact information towards the back of the document as research showed consumers were primarily interested in potential financial savings
• Reducing ‘white space’ to make it easier to read
• New information on Green Deal including which measures could be funded through Green Deal
• Moving recommended improvements to the front of the document so they are readily available to the homeowner
• Moving text that is likely to be of less immediate interest that is currently on the second page moved to the back page

The four page report looks like this;
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The potential and current costs are now displayed on the front page of the document. Research showed that consumers were more interested in the savings they could make
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Estimated costs now three years
The ratings are now combined with cost effective recommendations on page one. Only the energy efficiency ratings appear, the environmental impact rating has been moved to page four
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Green Deal information will be displayed here in the green box
Page 2 now contains the Summary section as well as more information on the Green Deal
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The full list of recommendations are listed on page three and now show the rating after improvement. Recommendations can have a green tick, orange tick or no tick at all
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The Green Deal package based on the recommendations is displayed in more detail
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Throughout the four page report, the reader is advised of specific information about the performance characteristics of each element of the building and recommendations for improving the energy efficiency of the property which are broken down into to low and higher cost recommendations.

Energy Performance Certificates – what they tell you

EPCs contain:

  • information on your home's energy use and carbon dioxide emissions
  • a recommendation report with suggestions to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions

Energy use and carbon dioxide emissions

EPCs carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions with potential figures that your home could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions would be if energy saving measures were put in place.
The rating measures the energy and carbon emission efficiency of your home using a grade from ‘A’ to ‘G’. An ‘A’ rating is the most efficient, while ‘G’ is the least efficient. The average efficiency grade to date is 'D'. All homes are measured using the same calculations, so you can compare the energy efficiency of different properties. Around 27 per cent of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions come from domestic homes. Carbon dioxide contributes to climate change. For more information visit the Governments web site here

What happens if my home is not yet built?

Predicted energy assessments are for homes that are not yet built. When a home is designed, a predicted energy rating based on the design is produced. This must achieve, as a minimum, the target energy rating laid down for the home as specified by the energy efficiency requirements of building regulations.
Interim energy assessments are for new homes built in accordance with the energy efficiency requirements of the building regulations that came into force in April 2006. For these homes, only the energy-efficiency and environmental-impact graphs will be required which is called a SAP Calc and not the full Energy Performance Certificate.

EPC Cost

For an EPC on a 1 - 4 bedroomed house in our normal area of operations our standard charge for an EPC is £50 (no VAT charged). Please contact us for an exact quote that matches your individual requirements.