The EPC helps the buyer to make an evaluation of the energy efficiency of the home, the opportunities to increase energy efficiency and reduce bills, and to clearly see how much that is likely to cost. It’s a government initiative to make the public more aware of energy efficiency and how it can be improved.
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The EPC gives potential buyers an upfront look at how energy efficient the property is, what it costs to run, how it could be improved and how much money this could save.
Owners / landlords responsibility
If you have purchased your property since August 2007, even if you can’t find a copy of the EPC, it will be available through the EPC register or speak to an Energy Assessor. An EPC is valid for 10 years, though you might want to update it if you have improved energy efficiency while living in your home. The seller or landlord is responsible for ordering an EPC for possible tenants or buyers before marketing the property, though the EPC may not be immediately available when the property is marketed. We can make arrangements for an Energy Assessor to visit your home to carry out the assessment for your convenience. Property owners must act to obtain the EPC within 7 days of marketing the property, though if reasonable efforts have been exhausted, an extension of 21 days up to a maximum of 28 days is allowed. The EPC is passed on with the house to the new owner. Guidance for landlords from RLA and ARLA
Estate Agents responsibility
It is the responsibility of the estate agent to be satisfied that an EPC has been commissioned before the property is marketed. Reasonable efforts must be made to obtain the EPC within 7 days, however, where this is not possible, a maximum of 28 days from marketing the property can be acceptable. Once the EPC is acquired it is made available to prospective purchasers on online property listings and on request. In newspaper advertising and window cards the EPC ratings are included so it’s always easy to find the EPC rating of a property. The display of the EPC rating and provision of the EPC report are written in law.
More information on EPCs for landlords
Requirements for rented accommodation can vary depending on the situation, for an individual self contained house one EPC is required, for self contained flats one is required for each apartment, speak to your letting agent or energy assessor for advice.
Energy Assessors’ recommendations
There is no requirement to carry out the recommendations provided by the qualified Energy Assessor. The recommendations are for advice and it is up to the individual to decide if they wish to make their home more energy efficient.
What the EPC contains
The front page provides an overview showing details of the property, estimated energy costs and possible savings over 3 years, the energy efficiency rating (current and predicted) and 3 top actions that would save money and increase efficiency. Full details are summarised on page 2 and the green deal introduced, page 3 shows the recommendations, the indicative cost of each recommendation, likely annual saving on bills, rating after improvement and if the measure is full or partly supported by the green deal. The fourth page gives information about the assessment and who conducted it, as well as providing a rating on carbon dioxide emissions or the impact of the building on the environment and the ‘heat demand’ of the home.
The Green Deal
The Green Deal is available to help the public make energy saving improvements, not only does this have the potential to reduce bills for households, it is also helping raise awareness about energy efficiency and carbon emissions in the home. If many people make small changes, the overall impact on demand for energy and reduction in carbon emissions could be significant.
Possible home improvements under the green deal are related to hot water, heating, insulation, windows and doors, micro-generation and renewable energy. Depending on the property and the situation of the homeowner, different levels of support can be provided to help with the cost of new boilers and heating systems, heat recovery systems, improved insulation and draft proofing, secondary or replacement glazing and renewable solutions such as biomass boilers, micro wind generation and solar panels. A qualified Green Deal Assessor can visit your home and advise you about the property’s energy use and how you could benefit from the green deal. Assessors do charge for this service. This will include a statement on whether the improvements can be paid for as part of the Green Deal, or if the homeowner would be expected to pay some or all of the costs up front. If paid for by the Green Deal it’s a type of loan, but the loan is paid for by the savings made on the bills. A simplified illustration is, if the annual bill is £1,000 to start with, and improvements are made that save £150 per year, then that £150 goes towards paying off the loan and the homeowner still pays £1,000 per year. Repayments are spread over a long term of up to 25 years and are paid by your energy company out of your electricity bills. The debt is passed on with the house when it is sold.
What are the advantages of buying a new home?
There are many advantages to buying a new home that include;
New homes are well insulated and include double glazing as standard making them cheaper to run than older homes.
A Blank Canvas
Depending on the point of construction, you can choose almost everything from the colour of the carpet to the type of worktop in the kitchen.
Stress Free Move
With no onward chain the moving process should be hassle free and for those opting for part-exchange deals there is even less to worry about.
Secure and Safe
New homes are safer and more secure than older homes. Fire safety is helped by the use of smoke alarms, fire doors, and fire retardant materials. New homes often include security locks, burglar alarms and security lighting as standard.
10 year Warranty
Most new homes come with a 10 year warranty by Zurich Municipal, the Premier Guarantee or the NHBC.