In the UK, when a property (domestic or commercial) is put onto the market for either sale or rent, an Energy Performance Certificate must be awarded.
This certificate gives information on the energy efficiency of a property and broadly speaking, the more efficient it is, the more desirable it is to the market.
This article gives you all of the relevant information and recommendations to give you a full guide to Energy Performance Certificates, explained in layman’s terms…
What Do Energy Performance Certificates Contain?
You’ve probably seen Energy Performance Certificates on white goods and appliances in shops. A property Energy Performance Certificates isn’t dissimilar from these colourful stickers, but gives a great deal of more information on the energy usage in question.
Much like these stickers, however, the Energy Performance Certificates gives a grading from A (the most efficient) to G (the least efficient). Whilst this gives a good overview of the energy usage and energy spend of the property, there is more in-depth information further into the documentation.
After the grading, the certificate goes on to detail the estimated costs of energy bills, and what improvements could be made to increase the energy efficiency, and therefore, the grading.
These suggestions may include comprehensive structural changes, but also smaller, practical tips, such as switching to energy-saving lightbulbs, or switching energy provider.
How Do You Get An Energy Performance Certificate?
The assessment and awarding of an Energy Performance Certificate should be done by a specialist and an independent party. A Government-approved Energy Assessor must be hired who will visit the property.
The Assessor will require access to all rooms within the property, including basements and attics, and may need the property owner to supply information on household bills and other administration documentation. Assessors may be qualified to assess and grade domestic properties, commercial properties, or both.
Once the property has been assessed, the Assessor will produce a certificate (away from the property) and give this to the property owner for their use.
In many cases, the estate agent managing the property’s sale or rent will hire the Assessor and receive the certificate.
An Energy Performance Certificate lasts for 10 years, but can be re-assessed within that time-frame if substantial improvements are made, and the property owner requests it.