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Energy Performance Certificate
When selling your property you will have to commission an EPC before your property is marketed and you must make this available to your buyer before exchange of contracts. We would suggest that you speak with your estate agents to ensure your buyer has had access to this information.
What is an EPC ?
This certificate provides potential buyers and tenants with an indication of the energy efficiency of a property. The certificate will contain information about the property’s typical energy costs and will recommend ways to reduce energy use to make the property more energy efficient.
What is an energy assessment?
An accredited Energy Assessor visits the property to collect only the data required for assessing energy features, and generates an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) using government-approved software. The assessment is based on the construction and type of dwelling and relevant fittings (heating systems, insulation or double glazing, for example). It is not a structural or building survey, condition report or property valuation. 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.
Who has to obtain the Energy Performance Certificate ?
How do I check that an EPC is valid?
Go to www.epcregister.com and click the link to access the Domestic EPC Registers. Click on ‘Report Retrieval’ and follow the instructions on the screen.
How long is an EPC valid for?
An EPC is valid for 10 years form the ‘Date of Certificate’ date, which is shown in the top left hand corner of the EPC.