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A Comprehensive Guide to Energy Performance Certificates

If you own a building, you’ve probably heard the term “Energy Performance Certificate” or EPC thrown around. While people may talk about the legal requirements, you may not know what data you get from an EPC or where to find the certificate. 

However, if you own any buildings, it’s crucial to learn about EPC because it may cause legal trouble if you don’t. While learning about EPC might be confusing, with the right guidance, you can properly understand its purpose. 

To help you understand better, at Gio Property Solutions we’ve put together our guide on energy performance certificates. The guide covers everything you need to know about EPC and where you can find it for your building. 

Let’s get started! 

What are Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)? 

The Energy Performance Certificate or EPC provides information about your building’s energy performance. They include ratings on the efficiency of your building, as well as ways you can improve its energy performance. 

The rating shows the building’s energy efficiency and environmental impact on a scale from A-G. If you’re building is rated A, then it’s most efficient and vice versa. These ratings tend to vary based on the age, location and condition of your property. 

These certificates are similar to the ones provided with appliances like refrigerators and washing machines. These certificates give you a general idea of the energy used in your building(s) and how you can improve its efficiency. 

Is It Compulsory to Have an Energy Performance Certificate?

If you’re looking to sell or rent your property, you need to have an EPC for potential buyers and tenants. It helps to ensure that your building meets the minimum standards and is safe to live in. 

Additionally, it’s compulsory for builders to provide an EPC to commissioners for newly constructed buildings. If they fail to do this within five days of the building completion date, the landlord can take legal action. 

In other words, you need to have an EPC certificate for new buildings or properties you’re looking to sell or rent. It’s a legal obligation and you need to find the right person to conduct these inspections, like the technicians at Gio Property Solutions

What Happens If You Have a Low EPC Rating? 

If you receive a low EPC rating of F or G, you will need to conduct repairs and make changes to your building(s). A low rating means excessive consumption of energy, leading to additional costs and significant environmental impact. 

You have to meet these obligations as the legislation stated that they want to improve the worst-performing properties in terms of legal efficiency. This Legislation is put in place to meet UK’s CO2 targets. 

Additionally, a building with low energy efficiency leads to higher electricity and gas bills. Making changes to your home can save you money in the long run and cause a lower environmental impact. 

How is an EPC Test Conducted?

If you’re looking to get an EPC certificate, you have to hire an energy assessor to carry out tests. They will come to your property and conduct these tests by assessing your heating and hot water system, the effectiveness of the building’s construction, and lighting. 

The time taken for these tests depends on the size, type and location of your property. However, it’s estimated that an EPC test for an average three-bedroom home would take under two hours. 

However, you need to ensure that the assessor is fully accredited. Otherwise, you may face issues in the future. Therefore, it’s better to contact an EPC assessor with complete accreditation, like the technicians at Gio Property Solutions

Contact Gio Property Solutions for Energy Performance Certificates Today!

This concludes everything we have to include in our energy performance certificate guide. While EPC tests may feel like a compulsion, they can help save you money in the long run with your properties. 

However, you need someone reliable and accredited to conduct these tests and provide you with the energy performance certificate. The team at Gio Property Solutions are well-experienced in providing an accurate evaluation of your building’s energy performance. 

Our Level 4 or higher NDEA Accuracy assessor ensures you get accurate information for your Energy Performance Certificate. We can also provide you with solutions on how to improve your building’s energy performance. To learn more about us, visit our EPC page or contact us to book an appointment today!