If you instruct Newgate Residential to sell or find a tenant for your property, we will take care of all of the preparation of the Energy Performance Certificate if you are a Landlord.
There are various time constraints relating to the EPC legislation. For sales, so long as the EPC has been commissioned a property can be marketed. The EPC must be available within 28 days for the property to continue to be marketed.
It is the responsibility of your Estate Agent to ensure that it has been commissioned prior to marketing, and that it is available within the required time constraints.
At Newgate Residential we are already prepared for this with our own in house Domestic Energy Assessor.
Why you need an EPC
As everyone knows there is a global issue of carbon emissions and how it is contributing to the deterioration of the atmosphere. There are many contributors to this, one of which is the energy we use within our homes.
The Energy Performance Certificate is required for all homes that are sold or rented and gives homeowners, buyers, landlords and tenants information about how much energy a property uses and how much can be saved, both environmentally and financially by taking certain action.
It is important to remember that these are recommendations. Some measures can be undertaken at minimal cost. Higher cost measures should be undertaken when the existing piece of equipment is either broken or has reached the end of its natural life, and is due for replacement.
New homes sold 'off-plan' will need to include a Predicted Energy Assessment (PEA). The PEA should be replaced by an EPC when construction of the property is complete.
Energy Performance Certificates – what they tell you
- information on your home's energy use and carbon dioxide emissions
- a recommendation report with suggestions to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions
- Energy use and carbon dioxide emissions
EPCs carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions with potential figures that your home could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions would be if energy saving measures were put in place.
The rating measures the energy and carbon emission efficiency of your home using a grade from ‘A’ to ‘G’. An ‘A’ rating is the most efficient, while ‘G’ is the least efficient. The average efficiency grade to date is ‘D’. All homes are measured using the same calculations, so you can compare the energy efficiency of different properties.