Energy Performance Certificates

Energy performance certificates or EPC's, are now a legal requirement when letting or selling a property, they show how energy efficient a property is. Properties are rated on a scale of A - G, with A denoting the most energy efficient homes. The EPC will also advise as to the impact the home has on the environment, with better rated homes having lower carbon dioxide emissions. According to the Government, the average property will be in bands D - E, and the EPC will also include recommendations on measures to improve energy efficiency.   Property EPCs are produced by domestic energy assessors using standard procedures and assumptions about a household's energy usage levels. This enables one property's efficiency to be easily compared with another of the same type.   At Property Inventory MK, all EPC's are carried out by our accredited and Stroma qualified Domestic Energy Assessor who will assess several aspects of the property, which includes details of its dimensions, construction and heating/hot water systems.  This information is fed into an approved software programme which produces the EPC and recommendation report. The certificate will be available to view on the national register and is available to prospective buyers or tenants.   What is included on an Energy Performance Certificate?
    • The Energy Efficiency Rating - indicating how much it costs to run a property
    • The Environmental Impact Rating - showing how much carbon dioxide is released by the property
    • Energy usage report - estimated costs for lighting, heating and hot water
    • Summary of the property's parts which impact on the overall energy performance
    • Recommendations report - indicating ways and methods to improve a property's    energy performance. This summarises potential financial savings that could be made from adopting these measures.
Who needs an Energy Performance Certificate?
  • By law, vendors need an EPC when selling property
  • Legally, landlords must have a valid EPC in place at all times when letting a property
  • Even if you are not currently selling or letting, we recommend that you obtain an EPC as the information it provides can help you to reduce the costs of running your home or business and save you money
Landlords ~ from the 1st April 2018 changes to legislation will make it unlawful to let residential and commercial properties with an EPC rating of F or G.