Energy Performance Certificates were first introduced in compliance with European legislation in 2007. All properties must have an epc when they are built, sold or rented (with notable exceptions including listed buildings, buildings intended to be used/holiday homes let for less than 4 months a year, temporary buildings, plus one or two others).
An EPC is a 4 page document containing information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs, along with recommendations about how to reduce energy usage and save money. It gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and it is valid for 10 years. This is calculated by assessing a variety of characteristics of the property including:
size; type of construction; heating system and controls; hot water system; levels and nature of insulation in walls, roof space, floors, windows; lighting and other variables.
An inspection of the property is required to identify the relevant information and this takes about 30 minutes. It must be carried out by a qualified Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) who is licensed under a government authorised scheme.
Peter Lane & Partners care about their clients and their homes and with this in mind, a strong alliance has been formed with an independent DEA, Alan Peterkin, who has many years experience in the financial services/customer service field. In this way, we can be sure that you get the same professional care and courtesy from your DEA as you get from our own staff.
Alan will carry out the property inspection by arrangement with you and will be glad to offer help, guidance and any further information you may require. At the same time as the assessment is carried out, Alan will prepare a detailed floor plan of your property for inclusion within the sales particulars.
More information on EPCs can be found at https://www.gov.uk/buy-sell-your-home/energy-performance-certificates