Under EU Government legislation from the 1st October 2008 all properties in England and Wales will require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when put on the market for sale or rent.
EPCs are valid for 10 years and show the energy-efficiency and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of a building and have to be made available to all prospective tenants. See example of report below.
Please click on the EPC (to the left) for an example.
The report is a measure of a properties overall efficiency. The EPC shows a rating from A to G: the higher the rating, the more energy-efficient the home is, and the lower the fuel bills are likely to be.
The environmental impact rating is a measure of a home's impact on the environment in terms of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions - the higher the rating, the less impact it has on the environment.
The Report is based on the performance of the property and the heating and lighting elements within the property. The report does not take into account domestic appliances within it.
As well as telling you how energy efficient the property is, the report will show what energy saving measures can be made to the property and if adhered to shows the properties potential rating if all the cost-effective measures were installed.
All properties are deferent in some way i.e. age, size, insulation of the property, heating, etc. The ratings will vary according. The potential rating on the certificate will take these factors into account and suggested measures that are only appropriate for that individual property.
The idea is by making energy saving improvements to a property you will cut down fuel bills making your property more desirable to tenants and help reduce your carbon foot print.
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