What is an EPC?

In October 2008 it became a legal requirement that before a property may be let or sold the landlord or vendor must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate or EPC. Since early 2013 listed buildings have been exempt from this.

EPCs measure a property's current energy performance and environmental impact, the certificate also provides information on the property's potential to improve. You are under no obligation to act on the recommendations made for improvement, however, if you do so they may have a positive effect on your energy costs whilst also improving the impact your property has on the environment.

The Green Deal can help you make these changes without having to pay all the costs upfront.
The certificate will show two charts which summarise the energy efficiency and environmental impact of the property.

The rating uses grades 'A' to 'G'. An 'A' rating signifies the highest energy efficiency and lowest environmental impact. Currently the average environmental impact rating for a residential property in the UK is 'D'. It is estimated that carbon dioxide emissions from homes account for 27 per cent of the UK's total carbon dioxide emissions. The Energy Performance Certificate is designed to help homeowners reduce the environmental impact of their homes.

Once you have an EPC in place for your property it will remain valid for ten years. If you are letting out your property the EPC does not need to be renewed at each tenancy, however landlords and homeowners can get an updated version before their EPC expires if improvements have been made to the property which will affect the rating.

Urban.co.uk provide EPCs to landlords and vendors for the highly competitive price of £69 inc VAT. We will send you an electronic copy of the certificate once complete and upload this to your marketing.

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