DOMESTIC ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE (EPC)
MEASURING THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF YOUR PROPERTY
The EPC is a measure of how energy efficient your property is.
You will see the impact your home has on the environment in terms of carbon emissions and it will include recommendations on ways to improve both your energy efficiency rating and environmental impact rating and consequently your fuel costs.
Each rating is on a scale of 1 to 100 and provides a banding of A to G (A being the most energy efficient and G being the least energy efficient).
Under current legislation the EPC is valid on the property for ten years from the date of issue. If any considerable alterations are made to the fabric of the property within that period which would affect the thermal efficiency and improve your rating, a new updated report would be recommended.
The EPC must be issued by a qualified and accredited energy assessor.
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PROPERTIES WHCH MAY BE EXEMPT FOM REQUIRING A DOMESTIC EPC
- Stand alone buildings of less than 50 square metres of floor space.
- Places of worship.
- Some buildings that are due to be demolished.
- Temporary buildings that will be used for less than two years.
- Holiday accommodation which is rented out for less than four months of the year.
- Residential buildings intended to be used less than four months a year
HOW IS AN EPC PRODUCED
An EPC is produced by a Domestic Energy Assessor who is a member of a Government approved accreditation scheme. The assessor will need to visit the property to obtain data on the energy related features and fabric of the building.
The type, size and construction of the property, insulation features, heating and hot water systems, windows, lighting etc. are all assessed. The assessment usually takes around an hour to complete, depending on the size of the property.
The data is then entered onto an RDSAP software (Reduced Data Standard Assessment Procedure) which calculates the energy rating of the property. The certificate is lodged on the central register.
CHECK IF YOUR PROPERTY ALREADY HAS AN EPC
From 21st September 2020 all EPCs are lodged on the MHCLG Central Register. Follow this link to see if you already have a current EPC lodged on the register: