What you need to know about the differences between these two.
What is an EPC?
The EPC, also known as the Energy Performance Certificate, is a detailed report into the energy efficiency of a property or building. EPC certification is split into two main categories, Domestic and Non-Domestic. Residential, or Domestic EPCs, illustrate the efficiency rating of privately owned apartments and houses. Commercial, or Non-Domestic EPCs, provide ratings for buildings such as offices, restaurants, or retail shops.
Are energy certificates a legal requirement?
This depends on what your intentions are for the property. If you wish to market your property for sale or for rent, then having a certificate lodged on the Domestic EPC Register is a legal requirement. Recent changes in legislation mean it is now also a requirement to have a valid EPC even if your property already has existing tenants in place.
Who can perform the report?
If you wish to get an EPC for your property then you will need to appoint a fully qualified Domestic Energy Assessor who is actively registered with the Domestic EPC Register.
What does the assessor need to check?
Your energy assessor will need access to the entire property in order to properly measure the property, so remember to make sure access to all rooms is available. They will then examine the key items in the property such as the heating or cooling systems, the presence, and level of insulation, the material of the window frames and type of glazing as well as both the hot water and lighting systems. Upon completion of the survey, the assessor will upload the data into a program designed to calculate the current level of energy efficiency. The program will also use the data to generate the potential efficiency rating of the property.
How long does the survey take?
An energy certificate survey can take anywhere from twenty minutes, for studio apartments, to around an hour for larger family homes. The size of the property is the main factor but the layout of the property and accessibility can also have an impact on the length of the survey.
How long are they valid for?
After your EPC survey has been carried out and the assessor has uploaded the data, a draft certificate is generated. The assessor will double-check all of the information and when they are satisfied with it, the next step is to lodge the certificate on the Domestic EPC Register. Once the certificate has been lodged, it is valid for a period of 10 years. However, if you make any significant alterations or improvements to the property within that time it is recommended that you have a new certificate issued
How do I check if I already have a certificate?
With the energy performance certificate being valid for such a long time, it is easy to forget if our certificate is still valid, or when the renewal date is. Don’t worry though, you can quickly and easily check if you have one by going to the Domestic EPC Register and entering the postcode of the property – https://www.epcregister.com/reportSearchAddressByPostcode.html
Is there a minimum rating requirement?
For those looking to rent out their property then, as of April 2018, the minimum rating requirement is an E. The average home has a rating of D-E but you can always check the rating of similar neighbouring properties by checking the Domestic EPC Register! If your plan is to sell the property then there are currently no minimum rating requirements.
Does energy efficiency really matter?
Absolutely! Energy efficiency means using less energy to perform the same task. Having good levels of energy efficiency has multiple benefits; a reduction in harmful greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the demand for imported energy and importantly, lowering the costs of your household energy bills. Why not save money and reduce your carbon footprint?!
How can I book a Domestic EPC Register approved assessor?
If you are looking to book a Domestic EPC, and want to make sure you are getting the best price possible, then simply head to MyConstructor! Our price comparison platform provides you with access to a nationwide network of fully qualified assessors. You can read reviews, compare prices, and check the availability of the assessors in your area. All you need to do is click here, enter the postcode, the number of bedrooms in the property, and then choose a time and date that suits you!
Are all of your assessors qualified?
Yes, of course. All of our potential partners are fully vetted before they can accept any jobs with our customers. Our sign up process includes us cross-checking the assessor’s unique accreditation number with the Domestic EPC Register so we are confident that the assessor is fully qualified and capable of performing your report.