WHAT IS AN EPC?
The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) was passed into law in January 2003 in the UK and has become legislation in mid 2008 to become the legal requirement in Northern Ireland.
This Directive aims to improve the energy efficiency of all buildings therefore generating savings in energy consumption and the reduction in the harmful effects of greenhouse gases.
This improved energy efficiency is aimed to be promoted through generating Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) and all buildings will be legally required to have an EPC before they can be offered for sale or rent.
WHO NEEDS AN EPC?
The EPC is a legally required document which describes the energy efficiency of the property. It rates the property on a scale of efficiency from A to G with A being the most efficient and G being the least efficient. The more efficient the rating the lower the fuel consumption and ultimately lower running costs.
The production of an EPC will be a means of advising how to improve the buildings efficiency and will also become an increasingly important consideration for all property buyers and tenants.
If you intend selling or renting your property you will be required to provide an EPC or if you simply wish to have your property assessed with a view to implementing some improvements in energy efficiency the EPC will provide you with advice on how to achieve this.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING AN EPC?
The average UK rating of a domestic property is ‘E’ on the A to G scale. Please do not be concerned if your property does not reach the rating you expected as this depends on many factors including the age of the property, type and age of boiler, insulation thickness etc and ultimately the main aim is to improve the rating of your property.
Should you require an EPC please feel free to contact our office to arrange a time for our Domestic Energy Assessors to carry out the survey or should you simply just require some further information on the scheme.