Domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Explained
- What is an energy assessment and what to expect on the day of the EPC visit?
- What does an EPC contain?
- What if my property is a new-built?
- Are EPCs legally required?
- How long are EPCs valid for?
- When can I expect my EPC?
- Why choose Pyramid Solution for your EPC?
By law a domestic Energy Performance Certificate, known as an EPC, is required for properties when built, sold or let and must be ordered for potential buyers and tenants before the property is marketed. It is the responsibility of the person selling or renting a residential property to have a valid EPC to show to prospective buyers and tenants.
What is an energy assessment and what to expect on the day of the EPC visit?
During the energy assessment, which normally takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour, the assessor collects only the data required for assessing energy features, and generates an Energy Performance Certificate. The assessment is based on the construction and type of the dwelling and all the relevant fittings such as heating systems, insulation, fixed outlets, lighting, double glazing, etc. As defined by Landmark, an EPC is not a structural or building survey, property valuation or condition report. An EPC should not be read as a comment on the overall condition of the property nor will it comment on the presence or otherwise of asbestos, high alumina cement concrete, additives including calcium chloride, or any building defects or hazardous materials. It will also not cover items or problems in the property which would be picked up in a building survey, which may be costly to rectify, as these are outside the scope of the data collected.
On the day of the visit the assessor will require:
• full access to all elevations of property (front, side, rear)
• full access to all rooms in the property, including lofts, basements, cupboards, gardens, corridors, stairs, etc so that the assessor can measure them up
• full access to all heating and lighting fixtures and fittings, including boilers and hot water cylinders
• full access to the electric meter
• all doors and windows must be unlocked
• any manufacturer’s manuals or product literature which may assist in confirming heating system’s age, make, model, band, etc. should be made available to the assessor
• any planning approval letters confirming the age of any outbuildings, annexes, extensions, etc, should be made available
• if there is a loft conversion – any building regulations completion certificates confirming the loft conversion
• make sure any animals, children are safe and adequately supervised during the visit to maintain the safety of the assessor and others
What does an EPC contain?
• Record of how energy efficient a building is and what the impact on the environment is
• Information about a property’s typical energy costs
• Recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money
• An energy efficiency rating of the property from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient)
What if my property is a new-built?
If your property is newly built, then a separate energy performance certificate will be required which is called an On-Construction EPC certificate. On-Construction EPCs, also known as SAP EPCs are required before a new-built can be certified by Building Control.
On Construction EPCs are produced off-plan using full SAP (standard assessment procedure) which is more accurate than RdSAP as used in existing dwellings because all the build specification is available to the assessor.
To book a SAP EPC, please call us on 020 8166 4157.
Are EPCs legally required?
Yes. EPCs became a legal requirement in October 2008 as part of government plans to reduce carbon emissions from homes to zero by 2016.
EPCs are legally required from the first day of marketing your property and if you or your agent don’t instruct one, you are risking to be fined.
How long are EPCs valid for?
An Energy Performance Certificates is valid for 10 years so it can be re-used if a dwelling is let or sold again during that time. However, it is recommended that a new one is completed every time works are carried on the property which could improve the energy performance i.e. boiler installation, external wall insulation, loft insulation, double glazing, installation of fan-assisted storage heaters, etc.
When can I expect my EPC?
The energy performance certificate is generated using a government-approved software methodology called RDSAP – the Reduced Data Standard Assessment Procedure for existing properties or SAP for new-built dwellings.
Once the survey has been completed, the details are entered into a software, before being uploaded onto the national database which normally takes 2 working days.
If the property address is not registered with Landmark, then a further delay maybe caused due to the technical time required to verify the address and add it to the national database.
Once the EPC is lodged it will appear on the national EPC register which has open access.
Why choose Pyramid Solution for your EPC?
An EPC has to be produced by a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor or a DEA, registered with a government authorised accreditation scheme.
Pyramid Solution South East is your assessor organization fully accredited by Stroma to assess your property and produce the EPC certificate.
Here at Pyramid Solution South East Ltd we promise to provide a fast and accurate service to not only ensure that you are within the legal requirements as a landlord or agent but also to recommend ways in which you might reduce the running costs of your property. We are fully certified, giving you the peace of mind that you will get accurate information and a professional service from assessors who are fully covered with Public Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance.
Please see PDF below for an example of a complete EPC carried out by one of our certified Domestic Energy Assessors