Q: Why do I need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to sell my Home?
A: From August1st 2007 4 bedroom properties (to include all properties later in the year) will require an EPC before they can be placed on the market, this is an EU directive.
Q: What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
A: An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a graphical report showing the energy efficiency and environmental impact of your property.
Q: What does the certificate look like?
A: PDF of certificate
Q: Does an actual survey take place at my property?
A: Yes, an internal and external inspection of the property is carried out by a licensed DEA. He or she will make a note of the follwing:
- Confirm age of the property
- Note the construction of the walls and roof, checking for signs of cavity insulation
- Look for green devices (such as solar electric panels or solar water evacuated tubes )
- Confirm how many windows are double glazed and when installed
- Count number of fireplaces, open or closed
- Check make and model of boiler and the type of flue and fule used
- Calculate the number of CFLs (low energy bulbs)
- Confirm type of heating system used and controls.
- Measure roof insulation
- Measure the thickness of the hot water cylinder jacket or foam.
- Check for excessive window area in larger houses and take precise measurements of conservatories and extensions.
- Confirm how many 'habitable' rooms are heated.
- Measure the internal or external areas of the home.
- Sketch and make relevent notes of the home and room layeout
Q: What will the Certificate tell me?
A: It will provide you with clear information on the energy performance of the property and cost effective means for improvement. Most of the improvements will be under £500.00. Any improvements will make you more comfortable in a warmer and less drafty home. You will also be saving money and reducing your carbon footprint by reducing CO2 emissions
Q: Will the DEA be affiliated to any energy companies or home improvement companies.
A: No there will be no recommendations made as to which companies to use for energy improvements.