The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

The EPC Certificate is produced following an assessment by a qualified Home Inspector or Domestic Energy Assessor DEA, who is registered with a government approved scheme.

Read more on the Government website about EPCs  About the EPC from the Government.

Download this Guide to the EPC - information about the Energy Performance Certificate EPC.

Updated guide to the EPC Jan 2013, for domestic properties.

Find out more about the Green Deal.

Find out more about the ECO.

Info about the Commercial EPC.

A new and revised version of the EPC has been introduced in April 2012. The new document is a significant improvement on the old EPC version. Changes include:
  • more graphics and white space;
  • single energy efficiency graph on the front page;
  • reduced text;
  • Info about the Green Deal
  • This will indicate recommendations that could be funded through the Green Deal
  • More focus on potential financial savings;
  • recommended improvements nearer the front page.
  • Inspect your Energy is qualified to carry out the new updated EPC.

Have a look at the new EPC from April 2012 - New EPC

Look at the EPC resources page to find out more. Also EPC news.

About the Domestic Energy Assessor, DEA.

• All DEAs are registered with a Government Accreditation scheme.
• DEAs will have inspections that they carry out monitored on a regular basis.
Assessors will have had a criminal record bureau check.
They will abide by a code of conduct and will have a complaints policy.
DEAs are listed on a public registry.
Necessary insurance will be in place to carry out EPCs.
A DEA can have their membership cancelled if it is felt that they fail to provide full and proper inspections.
It is also a requirement that they keep up to date with changes in relation to the Energy Performance Certificate

The EPC will also be a requirement for rental properties from October 1 2008. This is important for landlords who will need the EPC. More about this on the Landlord EPC page.

The EPC will also be used to gain full FIT payments for solar PV  instalations, A  D rated EPC is needed.

The EPC has been introduced as a result of a European environmental policy initiative to formulate further policies to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and slow down global warming.
The building's energy efficiency is presented as two rating charts, similar to the A to G ratings given to domestic appliances, one chart for energy efficiency and one for carbon emissions. The closer to A rating, the 'greener' and more economical the home

The EPC is a computer-aided assessment of a building's energy efficiency, generated using a version of the Standard Assessment Procedures (SAP) which allow direct comparison between houses in terms of likely utilities bills and running costs.

The Energy Performance Certificate(EPC) is a method of rating your homes efficiency. As you will have
experienced, with ever rising fuel costs, this needs to be contained on all levels. In the current green climate the EPC also informs the owner of how their use of energy affects the environment. Nearly 40 per cent of the UK’s energy consumption is a result of the way 25 million buildings are used.

The EPC will include suggestions to enable homeowners or landlords to improve property efficiency. This advice can enable you a way to save costs and reduce carbon emissions. These recommendations will illustrate what measures and improvements that can be used to the greatest effect. This can also mean lower energy bills for occupiers, and could enable the home to be more attractive to potential buyers or tenants who may decide the property is more cost effective in relation to cost of running a home.

The certificate will also provide contact details for the Energy Savings Trust who can help you find out if you are eligible for grants or discounts to help you carry out improvements. It will also list simple ways that can save you money and energy - without the need for any work to be done. The completed certificate is added to a central database and will have a unique reference number; access can only be given to holders of this number.

Points to note about the EPC Energy assessment.

• When the DEA assessor arrives at the property identification will be proved. It is important that you check that the inspection is provided by DEA who is registered.
• It should take no longer than an hour for the inspection, but some properties may be more complex and take longer, in most cases this can be discussed before the DEA arrives.
• Pets and other animals should be secure to allow a safe inspection
• If the property is empty suitable arrangements can be made for access. The assessor cannot carry out the inspection if the only person present is under the age of 16.
• No personal effects or furniture will be moved.
• Any sealed hatches will not be opened, but it would be helpful if this can be opened before the inspection.
• Make sure boilers, hot water cylinders and other heating systems can be inspected.
• Any improvements needs to be seen, or if any paperwork can be provided in relation to this such as cavity wall insulation.
• Documents and manuals will also help the assessor that relate to heating systems used, this includes double glazing and any other related home improvements.
• If at the time of survey the assessor thinks that they are unsafe due to health and safety risks they will abort the inspection

Download the pre inspection form You can give this to the DEA at the time of the inspection.

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