What Is An EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Measures The Energy Efficiency Of A Property On A Scale Of A-G.
Energy Performance Certificates were introduced in England and Wales in 2007 and are a legal requirement for a building to be sold, let or constructed. Once obtained, an EPC is valid for 10 years.
The most efficient homes – which should have the lowest fuel bills – would be around band A. The Certificate also tells you, on a scale of A-G, about the impact the home has on the environment. Better-rated homes should have less impact through Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions.
The average property in the UK is in bands D-E for both ratings. The Certificate includes recommendations on ways to improve the home’s energy efficiency to save you money and help the environment.
What Is Involved?
If you require or would like an EPC you will need an accredited energy assessor to conduct an energy assessment. We currently have 2 qualified assessors working directly for CavityTech Systems Ltd.
Our energy assessor will need to access all rooms as well as the loft, if applicable. They are also required to inspect heating systems and controls, take measurements and take photographs of all key data included in the survey. The survey is non-invasive and a visual inspection is all that is required. Typically our assessors would take in the region of 40 minutes to an hour to complete the assessment.
Energy assessors can input this information on-site or at home, to produce an Energy Performance Certificate which is lodged to the central register.
How Do I Get A Copy Of An EPC?
If you have the report reference number (RRN) or an address, you can easily retrieve or check an existing EPC by going to https://www.epcregister.com/
As CavityTech Systems Ltd are also approved installers for both cavity wall and loft insulation measures, typically the installation of these types of insulation measures are the most cost-effective way to improve an overall EPC rating for a property. Depending on EPC ratings, they may also be additional ECO funding help available for domestic and social housing landlords helping to cover either some or all of the costs of the insulation works.