Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Explained

 Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

  (Domestic dwellings)

What is a Reduced Data Standard Assessment Procedure Energy Performance Certificate (RdSAP V9.91 EPC)?

The RdSAP V9.91 is the new assessment procedure to be introduced from 1st April 2012 to parts of the UK (England and Wales). The changes are part of a DECC.DLCC drive to gear the industry for the Green Deal. The Reduced Data Standard Assessment Procedure is a more comprehensive method of assessing a property's (House's, Maisonette's, Bungalow's, Flat's) energy efficiency and energy rating. The RdSAP V9.91 uses options previously only available as part of a full Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP).  Existing Domestic Energy Assessors (DEA's) will be required to pass an examination in order to remain accedited to produce EPC's based on the new Reduced Data Standard Assessment Procedure. I am qualified to produce the new EPC's having attained Level 3 Award in Domestic Energy Assessment Professional Development 66/4294/1. Awarded by The City & Guilds of London Institute

 What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) in the UK  have been introduced to help improve the energy efficiency of buildings.  If you are buying or selling a home you now need an Energy Performance  Certificate (EPC) by law.  From October 2008 in the UK EPCs will be required whenever a building is built, sold or rented out.  In the case of rented properties (as opposed to sale properties) the requirement for an EPC will depend upon a number of factors.  It is advisable to visit the appropriate Government web sites regarding an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for rental properties. The certificate provides 'A' to 'G' ratings for the building, with 'A' being the most energy efficient and 'G' being the least efficient.  Average rating for properties assessed to date indicates the a “D “ rating  may be normal. Note that the “Energy Efficiency Rating” shows current and potential ratings. An explanation of this is as follows: The current rating is the rating this is calculated at the time of the property survey. This survey being carried out by a suitably qualified accredited  person. The potential energy rating is the estimated rating that will apply after specific recommendations (included as part of the EPC) are implemented.

 How much does an Energy Performance Certificate cost? 

Prices start from £38 depending on size location etc. A quote can be obtained via phone or submit details on the quote section on this web site. Superfast EPC turnaround times at reasonable prices.

So what is involved in the provision of an Energy Performance Certificate? As previously stated the individual property will need to be surveyed by a suitably qualified Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) supplier. This will be a person known as a Domestic Energy Assessor (or DEA) who has been accredited by a government approved system.  The DEA will survey the property (normally including drawing outline plans) and will note the following:

Type of property EG House, Flat, Bungalow etc and the correct post code

Whether it is: detached, semi- detached, terraced etc

Floor dimensions

Wall construction

Roof construction

Floor construction

Type of windows

Type of heating and controls

Type of electricity meter (single dual)

From the 1st April 2012 the new EPC (RdSAP 9.91) requires further information including: waste water heat recovery, floor insulation, flue gas heat recovery, external door count, additional alternative wall count. All to be assessed by a suitably qualified DEA service provider.

There are other factors that may be taken into account during the survey. When the DEA has accumulated the above information then this will be inputted to the appropriate approved software (as dictated by regulations) This software will then calculated the property’s energy rating and recommendations (where appropriate) for changes to the property to improve the energy rating. Such recommendations are given an estimated cost of implement and a cost improvement estimation that will be reflected in the property’s energy costs. It should be noted that the certificate may contain several improvement recommendations.  
For example: There may be recommendations to upgrade the boiler and its controls.  There may be a recommendation to insulate the walls and to add more insulation to the loft. More expensive measures may be the addition of Solar Energy. It should be noted that they are recommendations and not obligations.  How do I obtain an Energy Performance certificate (EPC) and what is its cost? There are many suppliers of Energy Performance Certificates. Where only an Energy Performance Certificate is required (as would be the case with a rented property) then it would be normal to contact an EPC supplier to arrange this. Costs do vary for an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) but my prices are one of the best of the market.  The supplier will arrange for the Energy Performance Certificte (EPC)  to be delivered upon completion (often via email) however hard copies are normally also available. Note that all information given here is in outline only and may change without notice (due to Government policy and other factors).  It is strongly advised to visit the appropriate Government web site for more comprehensive and up to date information.

 My service as an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) provider  extends to a 30 mile radius from Egham (Surrey) covering the counties of: Surrey, Middlesex, London, Berkshire, Bucks and Hampshire.  Locations include: Egham, Staines, Ashford, Windsor, Wraysbury, Addlestone, Chertsey, Colnbrook, Thorpe Lea, Laleham Reach, Old Windsor, Lyne, Ottershaw, Shepperton, Sunbury on Thames, New Haw, Byfleet, Weybridge, Hersham, Walton onThames.  

Contact Martin Colborne 07957 959225



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