Well if you are selling or renting a home or business you will legally require an Energy Performance Certificate, commonly known as an EPC, before it can be advertised.
Why You Need An EPC?
When a commercial or residential property is to be advertised for sale or rent/lease it will legally require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
Trading Standards can issue fines to both agents and owners for either failing to provide EPC details on an advert or making available on request to any interested party.
An EPC gives useful information to anyone looking to buy or rent so it is always good to have it showing in the advert and for a successful transaction.
You may also be applying for a government energy grant or funding which requires an EPC or you may just want to see your property’s energy efficiency score.
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.