Energy Performance Certificates
What is an EPC?
An EPC is an Energy Performance Certificate – a professionally created report, providing a grade for the energy efficiency of a property.
Each EPC includes a score for the property, with a rating of G for the least energy efficient home, ranging all the way to an A for the best performing properties. On average, homes in the UK score between a D and an E – but the government is encouraging property owners, especially landlords, to work towards achieving a rating of C or above.
Legislation is being considered which will require all tenanted residential rental properties to achieve at least an EPC of C before a new tenant can move in from 2025 onwards.
Do I need an EPC?
If you’re planning to sell or rent out your property, the simple answer is yes, you do need an EPC. It’s a legal requirement for you to be able to market a property for sale or rent – and you are now required to have one if you have tenants in situ, even if they have been at the property for many years.
It’s also likely that you will need an up to date EPC in order to remortgage the property – and many lenders are now rewarding the owners of energy efficient properties with preferential mortgage rates.
Your EPC is valid for 10 years, and you can check online whether your property currently has one at www.gov.uk/find-energy-certificate
Where can I get an EPC?
An EPC must be completed by an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor, who will evaluate the heating, insulation and construction of your property to provide a current rating, and its potential rating.
You can book your EPC by contacting us today.
What if I need more than just an EPC?
With energy bills on the rise, and legislation requiring landlords to ensure all their rental properties have an EPC of C or above coming from 2025, it may be that an EPC doesn’t give you all the information you might need.
While EPCs do provide a basic list of improvements that can be made to improve your energy efficiency, it can often be difficult to turn this into a plan of action without the support of an expert in the field. The EPC also doesn’t provide a ventilation strategy which often causes future problems with mould and damp
This is why we have developed a Home Energy Report, designed to help you to make a plan to achieve your goals as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. The report can be tailored to your goals and the needs of your property or portfolio, and provides a much more in depth analysis of the options available to you.
helping to make things happen
We know that the tendency is for your EPC to end up sitting in a drawer gathering dust, so we have designed the Home Energy Report to help you to make a plan. If you're interested in having a more detailed look at what improvements you can make to the energy efficiency of your property, or simply make sure you meet the upcoming government requirements for an EPC of C or above, please don't hesitate to get in touch.