In England and Wales, an EPC, or Energy Performance Certificate is a requirement when requested by tenants or prospective buyers of your property.
In the simplest terms, an EPC is a certificate that records the energy efficiency of your property by a pre-set rating system. A property with an EPC rating of A is considered to be the most energy efficient, while a property rated G is considered the least.
If you are a property owner in need of an EPC, it is essential that you know how a survey is conducted on your property, in order to ensure that you achieve a high rating.
A good EPC rating is now more important than ever. From April 2018, properties in England and Wales will be required to achieve a rating of E or higher. Failure to achieve this rating will adversely affect your chances or letting or selling your property.
To help property owners, here is a basic step-by-step guide of how an EPC survey is conducted on a property.
Firstly, a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor will arrive at your property and prepare for the survey, which can last up to an hour.
The assessor will need to access every room in your property, including loft and basement space. Their first job will be to take note of the amount of permanent light fixtures in the property and how many of these fixtures have low energy lightbulbs installed.
Usually, the assessor will then head to the loft space to take note of the insulation. They will need to check the depth of the insulation as well as the type of wall that divides your property from any attached property.
Taking note of your windows will be the assessor’s next task. They will check whether you have single, double or triple glazing along with the date of installation.
The bulk of the assessor’s time will be taken up by validating the efficacy of the heating in your property. They will check the boiler/s, thermostats, radiator valves and any additional forms of heating such as log or gas effect fires.
Finally, the assessor will take measurements of your property, including the height of rooms on all floors along with the general dimensions of the property.
The assessor may ask some other questions regarding your property, so ensure that you are fully aware of the specifications of the space before they arrive, to ensure a smooth and succinct survey can take place.
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