Why do you need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?
Since October 2008, all residential and commercial property for sale or rent must have a valid EPC under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. It is now the law for landlords and property owners seeking to rent or sell a property to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in place. The Energy Performance Certificate is a put together by a fully approved Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) or a Non Domestic Energy Assessor (NDEA) who visits the property in question and carries out a survey of its energy efficiency and associated environmental impact. Their findings are put together in the form of a report.
What is an EPC?
An EPC will show potential buyers and tenants how energy efficient your property is on a scale between A and G, with A being the most efficient and G the least. A property with an A rating will have cheaper energy bills and much less of an impact on the environment through lower Carbon Dioxide emissions. In turn, your buyer or potential tenant will probably find the property more desirable. During the EPC assessment, the DEA or NDEA will take into account factors such as the property type, its age, its construction, the glazing, the wall insulation, the roof installation, and the terrain, etc as well as many more factors that will influence the energy efficiency of the property.
Recommendations for a greener property
After our DEA or NDEA has carried out a an Energy Assessment they will then make recommendations via the recommendations energy report, which will show you where improvements and savings could be made. Don’t forget – an EPC is a legal requirement, and you could be fined by Trading Standards officers if you don’t have one.
Depending on the size, age and condition of your property, a typical residential EPC with Greater Manchester Energy Advice Service will cost between £39 and £55. A commercial EPC cost will depend n location and size of the property in question. Please call or email us for a quote.
For a no-obligation quote, get in touch with GMEAS today – we’ll be glad to help.