Domestic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
Selling or renting domestic property? You need an EPC.
Coles Knapp are fully accredited to provide Domestic EPCs and offer a quick, reliable and competitive service.
What is an EPC?
Energy Performance Certificates have been introduced to help improve the energy efficiency of all buildings - including homes. The certificate records how energy efficient a property is as a building and provides A-G ratings. These are similar to the labels now provided with domestic appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines.
They are produced using standard methods and assumptions about energy usage so that the energy efficiency of one building can easily be compared with another building of the same type. This allows prospective buyers, tenants, owners, occupiers and purchasers to see information on the energy efficiency and carbon emissions from their building so they can consider energy efficiency and fuel costs as part of their investment.
An EPC is always accompanied by a recommendation report that lists cost effective and other measures (such as low and zero carbon generating systems) to improve the energy rating. A rating is also given showing what could be achieved if all the recommendations were implemented.
The EPC is also the starting point for any Green Deal or Eco Assessment.
Homes currently account for 27 per cent of the UK's carbon emissions, contributing to global climate change. The way in which we light, heat and use our homes all contribute to this. Even small improvements to the energy performance and the way we use our homes could have a significant effect on our fuel bills and carbon emissions.
If you are selling or letting a home it is now law to have an Energy Performance Certificate. They are also required on construction of new homes, though this is a slightly different process to an existing building. Coles Knappare qualified to produce both types.
The EPC must be made available for any home, free of charge, to a prospective buyer at the earliest opportunity and in any event where any of the following events happens:
1.When the building is viewed
2.If written information about the building is provided to a prospective purchaser
3.Before contracts are exchanged
The EPC must be made available for any home, free of charge, to a prospective tenant at the earliest opportunity and in any event where any of the following events happens:
1.When the home is viewed
2.If written information about the home is provided to a prospective tenant
3.Before the tenant signs a contract to rent the home.
An EPC is valid for up to 10 years, unless a newer EPC is produced for the property, in which case only the latter is valid.
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