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EPC Information

Any residential or commercial property being put on the market after 6 April 2012 must have an EPC commissioned. All ‘reasonable efforts’ should be made to obtain an EPC within seven days of marketing the property – there is also an ‘absolute duty’ to obtain an EPC within twenty days. Similarly, the EPC must be provided to prospective buyers or tenants ‘at the earliest opportunity’, rather than just before the parties enter a contract

Also, now when a property’s full particulars are listed, including when descriptions are made available electronically, the full first page of the EPC must be provided, rather than just the asset rating.

The new look EPC will include more graphics, a single energy efficiency graph on the front page, clear signposting to the Green Deal and greater focus on potential financial savings, amongst other alterations.

At Richard Watkinson and Partners we have our own in house Domestic Energy Assessor, Sherrill Epton who can carry out an energy performance certificate very quickly so as not to delay the marketing. Sherrill will visit your home and prepare the Energy Performance Certificate.

Energy Performance CertificatesWHAT ARE THEY?

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) give information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce your energy costs. All homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC.
EPCs contain:

•information on your home's energy use and typical energy costs 

•a recommendation report with suggestions to reduce energy use and save money

Energy use and potential savings
EPCs carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and estimated costs of energy use with potential figures that your home could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and energy costs could be if energy saving measures were put in place.

The rating measures the energy efficiency of your home using a grade from ‘A’ to ‘G’. An ‘A’ rating is the most efficient, while ‘G’ is the least efficient. The average efficiency grade to date is 'D'. All homes are measured using the same calculations, so you can compare the energy efficiency of different properties
The recommendation report

EPCs also provide a detailed recommendation report showing how you could reduce the amount of energy you use and your carbon dioxide emissions. The report lists:

•suggested improvements, like fitting loft insulation

•possible cost savings per year, if the improvements are made

•how the recommendations would change the energy efficiency rating of the property

•which improvements may be eligible for funding through the Green Deal (for more information, see ‘The Green Deal’ section further down this page)

You don’t have to act on the recommendations in the recommendation report. However, if you decide to do so, it could make your property more attractive for sale or rent by making it more energy efficient

You should receive an EPC when you enquire about buying or renting a home. You’ll need to provide one if you are selling or letting your home. An EPC is valid for ten years

An EPC is required when a building is built, rented or sold.

The Green Deal......

The Green Deal launches in October 2012. It may be able to help you make the property you live in warmer, more energy efficient and cheaper to run, without having to pay for the work upfront.

You choose which eligible energy saving improvements you want to make to your home. You then pay for the improvements over time through your electricity bill, at a level no greater than the estimated savings to energy bills.

If you move home, the Green Deal charge stays with the property and the repayments pass to the new bill payer.

You can apply whether you’re a tenant or an owner and you might be eligible for extra help if your household gets income-related benefits.