EPC Services

Manners EPC Ltd specialise in providing EPC services to landlords and sellers.

What is an EPC?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) sets out the energy efficiency rating of a property with recommendations on improving its energy efficiency. Any domestic property which has been marketed for sale or to let since 2008 requires an EPC which lasts for 10 years (with certain exceptions). To download the Governments guide to energy performance certificates for the marketing, sale and let of dwellings please click here.

When do I need an EPC?

Landlords and sellers must commission the domestic EPC before putting their property on the market for sale or to let. An EPC can only be issued by a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA), and the certificate rates the property from A to G, with A being the most efficient, and G being the least efficient. The certificate also recommends improvements that could upgrade this rating, such as increasing wall, floor or roof insulation, installing double glazing, or replacing the boiler with a more efficient model for example. EPC’s were introduced in 2008, and the certificate is designed to help potential buyers or tenants make an informed decision about buying or renting a property.

Is there a minimum rating?

In 2018, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) were introduced into the rental sector, and these standards require rental properties to have an energy efficiency rating of E or above to be let out (with certain exceptions). To read the landlords guide to the minimum energy efficiency standard click here. MEES only relates to rental properties, and there is currently no minimum rating required for selling.

What happens duing an EPC?

The DEA will visit the property to look at a number of elements that will determine its energy efficiency and provide its energy efficiency rating from A-G. In order to do this the assessor will need to carry out an external and internal assessment, and will require access to every part of the property, including the attic.

Some of the elements that will be assessed are:

  • The size of the property.
  • The property’s construction – walls, floors and roofs
  • How much insulation there is in the walls, floor and roof space
  • The space heating systems in the property and how they are controlled
  • The water heating system. (Access to hot water tank is required.)
  • The type of glazing
  • The type lighting in the property
  • The property’s ventilation
  • The presence of any solar panels or wind turbines
  • The electricity and gas meters

The assessment is purely visual, and typically lasts around 60 minutes. However larger, or extended properties may take longer depending on the complexity of the building. Photographs will be taken during the assessment for internal reference and accreditation body audit purposes only.

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