As of May 2010, a Home Information Pack (HIP) no longer became required when you sell your property. However, as part of a European Directive, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is still mandatory if you intend to sell or rent your property.
Energy Performance Certificates present the energy efficiency of dwellings on a scale from A to G - 'A' being the most efficient, to 'G' the least efficient. In addition the certificate uses the same scale to define the Environment Impact Rating (relating to the carbon dioxide emissions). The average property in the UK is in band D or E for both ratings. An EPC report will make recommendations of how you can improve the rating of your property however; there are no statutory requirements to carry out any of the recommended energy efficiency measures.
The certificate also contains the following property details:
• Property address
• Property type (for example detached house)
• Date of inspection
• Certificate Date and serial number
• Total floor area (living area contained within the external walls of the property)
Only qualified, accredited domestic energy assessors and qualified, certified home inspectors can produce EPCs for domestic properties. They analyse how homes are constructed, insulated, heated and ventilated, and the type of fuel being used, and examine key items such as loft insulation, domestic boiler, hot water tank, radiators, windows for double glazing, and so on. He or she then inputs the observations into a software program which performs the calculation of energy efficiency. The program gives a single number for the rating of energy efficiency, and a recommended value of the potential for improvement. There are similar figures for environmental impact. A table of estimated energy bills per annum (and the potential for improvement) is also presented, but without any reference to householder bills. The exercise is entirely non-invasive, so assessors make assumptions on the insulation properties of various elements of the property based on age and construction type. The assessor has the ability to over-ride these assumptions if visual or written evidence is provided to support the presence of insulation which may have been subsequently installed.
Once your property has been given an EPC, it gets a unique number and is registered on a national database by the assessor. You can download extra copies by using the report reference number on the top right-hand side of the certificate.
Sellers are required to commission, but won't need to have received an EPC before marketing their property.
As from 1st October 2008, it is compulsory that all properties 'to let' have an EPC.
An EPC is only required for a dwelling that is self contained, meaning that it does not have an entrance via a separate unit or share any essential facilities (bathroom, kitchen etc). Landlords are not required to produce an EPC when an existing lease is renewed, only when the tenant changes.
EPCs are valid for 10 years and can be reused for new tenants as many times as required within that period. A landlord may choose to commission a new EPC if improvement works have been carried out, but there is no legal requirement to do so.
Addison Townsend use only accredited DEA’s (Domestic Energy Assessors) who are registered with the appropriate accreditation scheme.
If you are intending to sell or let your property through Addison Townsend and require an EPC, then we can arrange this for you. Likewise, if you are not selling or letting, and would like to order an EPC with Addison Townsend please contact us and we will be able to provide you with full details.