The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a scheme launched by the government with the intention of making properties more energy efficient and reducing their carbon emissions. It is part of their larger commitment to address overall environmental issues, and to reduce carbon emissions throughout the entire country as set out in the Kyoto Protocol.
The EPC is a clear and concise way for property owners to understand the energy efficiency of their buildings. The information provided allows them to make changes to those buildings to make them more environmentally friendly. For domestic property owners, even the smallest changes which are made can improve a building’s energy efficiency.
A domestic EPC will include detailed information on a property’s features which relate to energy efficiency or inefficiency. The survey will be carried out by a professional, qualified assessor. They will look at many different aspects of a property in order to assess it. They will take into consideration the date of construction of the building, and if it has any extensions or modifications. They will also look at the heating system, the ventilation, the current insulation, and the energy efficiency of the windows and doors. Finally, the report will include if there are any environmentally friendly features installed, such as solar panels.
When all of these factors are taken into consideration it will result in an assessor being able to award the property a final energy rating. The energy ratings range from “A,” meaning a property is highly efficient, to “G,” meaning that there is very little evidence of energy efficiency. As the same rating is used for all domestic buildings it is very easy for home buyers to see at a glance how energy efficient a house is.
Each domestic EPC will come with a corresponding recommendations report. This report provides suggestions for home owners on how they could take action to improve their property’s energy efficiency. This will typically involve installing double or triple glazed energy efficient windows, loft insulation, and cavity wall insulation. The report will explain how these changes will improve the property’s energy rating, and how much money could be saved on energy bills if the suggestions were to be implemented.
The recommendations found in a domestic EPC can therefore be beneficial for home owners by allowing them to save money on their energy bills. When recommendations are implemented they can also increase a property’s overall value. It is important to note that any home which is bought, sold, or rented in the UK is required by law to have a domestic EPC.