An EPC is an asset rating and tells you how energy efficient a building is and its impact on the environment.
Properties are rated on a scale of A-G where an A rating is the most energy efficient. The England & Wales average for an existing dwelling is D60. Homes which are rated more highly should have lower impact through their Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions. The Certificate will also include recommendations on methods by which you can improve your home's energy efficiency, which can save you money and help the environment. EPCs for
Who can produce an EPC?
Certificates can only be produced by Energy Assessors who have been Accredited with a scheme such as BRE, we will ensure the assessor and the assessments produced are in accordance with Government guidelines.
To issue a domestic EPC for an existing dwelling the Assessor must be qualified and accredited as a Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA). To issue a new dwelling EPC the Assessor must be qualified and accredited as an On-constriction
Domestic Energy Assessor (OCDEA).
To issue a non-domestic EPC, the assessor must be qualified and accredited as a Non-domestic Energy Assessor for the appropriate building level (Level 3, Level 4/new build, or Level 5/new build).
To issue a DEC, the assessor must be qualified and accredited as a Public Buildings Energy Assessor.
Which type of EPC do I need?
A domestic EPC is required for each self-contained dwelling – a dwelling for a single household with exclusive use of a private bathroom and kitchen, with a separate entrance. Newly completed dwellings require a full SAP EPC. Existing dwellings require an RdSAP EPC.
Any building (or part of a building) that does not meet the definition of a self-contained dwelling will require a non-domestic EPC.
An EPC is valid for upto10 years. A property can be marketed immediately once you have commissioned an Energy Performance Certificate. If an existing EPC is used nearing the end of its legal life (for example, 9 years and 11 months old), it will remain valid for as long as the building is continuously marketed. But if the property is temporarily taken off the market for more than 28 days, a new EPC will be required to replace it if it's more than 10 years old when you resume marketing. A new EPC supersedes an older one.
A DEC is only valid for a year and needs to be accompanied by an Advisory Report that must not be more than 7 years old.