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An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a legal document providing an energy efficiency rating for your property from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years.

In order to book your assessment, we first need some basic information including full property address, property type and approximate size.

An EPC is required when a property is marketed for sale or rental, or if the current EPC has expired on a rental property. There is also a Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), and it is unlawful to let any residential building with an EPC rating lower than an E rating in England and Wales.

For listed buildings, an EPC is required for rental properties but for sales it remains a choice for the homeowner or conveyancing solicitor. However, increasingly EPC for listed buildings are becoming a requirement at conveyancing.

If your property is new or recently converted (within the last 10 years) a full SAP assessment is required. The developer or person carrying out the work is responsible for obtaining this type of EPC.

We will visit and conduct a visual inspection of your property therefore access should be available to all areas, including loft space, energy meters, boiler and hot water stores. The assessor will be on site for approximately 45-60mins, for a typical three-bedroom semi-detached house. Complex properties with more bedrooms, extensions, and any new technologies will take longer.

Before we conduct the visit we will require the full property address, the type of property (for example, detached, terraced, barn conversion, and an approximate size. On the day, please provide the assessor with any information relating to the heating and hot water systems, any upgrades to the home and details of extensions or conversions. If you cannot find this information, please let us know that you are looking for it as changes cannot be made after the information has been lodged.

Assumptions are made based on the building regulations for the property age, if you have retrofitted insulation, you must provide documentation during or prior to inspection.

Once an EPC has been produced changes cannot be made without completing a new certificate. Please let us know if you are looking for documentation prior or during inspection to avoid additional charges for a new certificate.

Providing we have all documentation required, you will be emailed a link within a few days to view your EPC on the register https://find-energy-certificate.digital.communities.gov.uk/find-a-certificate/type-of-property.

The certificate will provide recommendations, which can give you information on possible improvements, but they must be completed in order to achieve predicted grade. Further advice on improvements can be obtained from the Energy Saving Trust.

Yes, in order to book your assessment, we first need some basic information including full property address, property usage, heating type and approximate size including numbers of rooms/spaces.

The requirements and processes for a commercial EPC are similar, however the inspection is more complex and therefore more time will be required on- and off-site. We aim to have the EPC ready within a week of the inspection, but please let us know if you are on a deadline.

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