Energy Performance Certificate

What is an EPC

An EPC is a mandatory requirement for a property that’s is to be sold or rented which are valid for 10 years.

An Energy performance certificate shows the energy efficiency of your property on a scale of A to G. The more efficient your property is, the lower your fuel bills and nearer to band A. The certificate uses the same scale to define the impact a home has on the environment. Better-rated homes should have less impact through carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

The Energy Performance Certificate includes a recommendation list. This shows specific areas where improvements can be made to the property’s energy efficiency to save money and subsequently show a rating improvement on a renewed EPC.


What does it involve

This requires me, the assessor, to visit your property after a convenient day and time has been agreed. I will survey your property recording specific information and take photographs solely for the purpose of the survey. Depending on the size and complexity of your property, this survey takes less than 1 Hour. 

The assessor will record the construction type, age and insulation properties of all building parts.

The assessor will record the fuel types, electric meter, mains gas, LPG, oil etc.

The assessor will need to enter all rooms to record heating, lighting, windows and heating controls.

The assessor will need to see your heating and hot water system, e.g boiler, heaters etc.

The assessor will need access to any loft void to record the thickness of insulation that is visible.

The assessor can only record correctly what is available visually or is specifically documented.


How can I help

It’s important the assessor records correctly the information required for your EPC. You can help by having as much as the following;

Access to the whole property that requires assessing including all rooms in the property, all loft voids where possible, garages if they contain meters or boilers and access to the rear of the property for a rear elevation photograph.

If you have any specific documents that relate to the build of the property, such as wall insulation, double glazing, building age, boiler make and model if not visible and renewable technology documentation.

Acceptable documentary evidence includes, but is not limited to, official letters, certificates, warranties, guarantees. The assessor must be confident, and able to demonstrate, that any documentation relates to the actual property being assessed and that there is no physical evidence to the contrary. Evidence of intent to install does not qualify as acceptable documentary evidence.