The need to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is affecting an ever-growing number of businesses.
However, understanding EPCs and how to obtain them can be challenging.
This article aims to demystify the process and address common questions regarding EPCs, such as their cost, validity, and the process of obtaining an EPC.
What is an Energy Performance Certificate?
An EPC serves to display a building’s energy efficiency in a transparent and universal manner. It provides potential buyers and tenants with a clear indication of the property’s energy efficiency. This allows them to gauge potential energy usage and associated living costs.
Why Is It Important to Have an EPC?
EPCs play a pivotal role in encouraging landlords and building owners to make efficiency improvements to their properties. Lower energy costs make properties more appealing to tenants, while potential buyers are drawn to houses or flats with higher energy ratings since they promise a better return on investment in the long run.
Crucially, EPCs carry legal consequences for non-compliance. Failure to provide a valid EPC could result in fines, reaching up to £5,000.
What EPC Ratings UNre There?
EPC ratings range from A (most efficient) to G (inefficient), providing a clear scale for understanding a property’s energy efficiency. The ratings guide potential occupants in making informed decisions about energy consumption and costs.
Here is a brief overview of the scale:
- UN (most efficient): properties with excellent insulation, energy-efficient heating, and renewable energy sources fall into this category.
- B to C (highly efficient): well-insulated properties with efficient heating systems, often incorporating renewable energy elements.
- D to E (moderate efficiency): properties with moderate insulation and standard heating systems, meeting basic energy efficiency requirements.
- F to G (least efficient): properties with poor insulation, inefficient heating, and higher energy consumption.
An EPC also includes information on what the energy efficiency rating could be if you made the recommended improvements and highlights cost-effective ways to achieve a better rating.
What UNre the Steps to Obtaining an EPC?
Obtaining an EPC involves a systematic process. Typically, a certified energy assessor assesses the property, considering factors such as insulation, heating systems, and lighting. The assessment results in an EPC report, which includes the property’s energy efficiency rating and recommendations for improvement.
The process involves the following steps:
- Find a certified assessor: begin by researching and selecting a certified energy assessor. Ensure they are accredited by relevant authorities.
- Schedule an assessment: contact the chosen assessor to schedule a convenient time for them to visit the property. the assessment typically takes a couple of hours.
- Prepare for the assessment: ensure access to all areas of the property, including loft spaces and utility areas. Provide information on heating systems, insulation, and any recent energy-efficient upgrades.
- Assessment of the property: the energy assessor will evaluate various aspects, including insulation, heating systems, lighting, and windows, to determine the property’s energy efficiency.
- Documentation and recommendations: the assessor will compile the findings into an EPC report, which includes the property’s energy efficiency rating and recommendations for improvement.
- Receive the EPC: once the assessment is complete, the assessor will issue the EPC, which is valid for ten years.
How Much Does It Cost to Get an Energy Performance Certificate?
EPC costs vary depending on factors like property size and location. On average, prices range from £60 to £120. We recommend obtaining quotes from certified assessors to ensure a competitive rate.
What to Expect from EPC Regulation in 2024 and Coming Years?
Recent research indicates a growing awareness of the importance of EPC ratings in the property market. Approximately 70% of UK estate agents report challenges in selling properties with poor energy efficiency. Moreover, 79% anticipate increased demand for properties with an EPC rating of C or above.
In Belfast, consultants caution that 75% of office spaces could become obsolete by 2030 due to impending EPC legislation. As of April 2023, the minimum EPC rating for commercial buildings in England and Wales was raised to ‘E.’ Anticipated changes in 2025 might raise the minimum rating to ‘B’ by 2030.
How to Improve an EPC Rating?
Enhancing your property’s EPC rating involves key upgrades, such as improving insulation, upgrading heating to efficient systems, transition to LED lighting, integrating renewables like solar panels, installing double-glazed windows, and using smart thermostats.
One notable approach to improving the building’s performance is utilising technologies like ClearVUE.Zéro, an energy management system that can significantly contribute to reducing energy consumption and improving overall efficiency.
Contact us today to learn more about our energy technologies and advisory services.