Get an EPC in Chesterfield – W T Parker Estate Agents

 

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document which provides information about the energy efficiency of a property. It is a legal requirement to have an EPC in place when you rent or sell a property. The purpose of an EPC is to give prospective buyers or tenants an indication of how energy efficient a property is and what the potential energy costs might be.

 

If you need an EPC in Chesterfield then see below.

 

An EPC has multiple features which are outlined below;

• Energy Efficiency Rating – The EPC rates the energy efficiency of a property on a scale from A to G, with A being the most energy efficient and G the least. This rating is calculated from factors such as insulation, heating systems, windows and the use of renewable energy sources.

• Recommendations – The EPC uses recommendations for improving the current energy efficiency rating of the property. These recommendations may be as simple as using energy efficient light bulbs or may be a on a much grander scale such as installing double glazed windows or solar panels.

• Environmental Impact Rating – In addition to the energy efficiency rating, the EPC may also include information about the environmental impact of the property in terms of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This also works on a rating basis from A to G.

• Validity – EPC’s are usually valid for a specific period, after which they would need to be renewed. EPC’s in the UK are valid for 10 years but it is advisable to obtain a new assessment of your property if major works/improvements have been carried out.

• Legal Requirement – In the UK, EPC’s are mandatory for properties that are being sold or rented out. Failure to provide an EPC when required can result in penalties.

• Assessment Process – EPC’s are typically produced by qualified energy assessors who will visit the property and assess various features that impact the energy efficiency. The assessment may consider factors such as insulation, heating systems, windows and lighting.

• Cost Savings – EPC’s provide recommendations for improving energy efficiency, which can lead to cost savings for property owners and tenants. Information on estimated costs are provided and EPC’s even show the potential savings for any improvements actioned.

• Property Valuation – The energy efficiency rating on an EPC can influence the valuation of a property. Energy-efficient properties are often perceived as more desirable, potentially increasing their market value.

• Compliance With Building Regulations – EPC requirements are often linked to broader building regulations aimed at improving energy efficiency standards in construction. Ensuring these properties meet these standards helps contribute to more energy efficiency goals.

• Market Transparency – EPC’s contribute to transparency in the property market by providing standardized information about energy performance. This information helps potential buyers or tenants make more informed decisions about the properties they are considering.

By providing information on a property’s energy efficiency, EPC’s aim to raise awareness about energy consumption, promote energy efficiency measures, and help individuals to make informed decisions about the properties they want to buy or rent.

 

How to do I carry out an EPC in Chesterfield?

 

You will need to hire a certified energy assessor. EPC’s must be carried out by qualified domestic energy assessors. You can find certified assessors through accredited schemes or organisations within the UK. Here at W. T. Parker we have a fully qualified Domestic energy assessor available. We will schedule an assessment at a time that suits you. We will visit your property to collect information about it’s energy-related features. This may include details about insulation, heating systems, windows and other relevant factors that will effect the energy rating. Photographs and measurements of the property will also be taken during this visit.

The data that is collected is then put into a system which in turn generates the ratings needed to complete an EPC. You will then receive a digital copy of the EPC and it has it’s own unique reference number. As previously mentioned, the EPC is valid for 10 years so you must be aware should the EPC need renewing.

When renting out a property or looking to rent a property, it is worth bearing in mind that there is a minimum legal requirement for a rating no lower than ‘E’. This applies to both rental and commercial properties. Some exemptions may apply, and some landlords may be exempt from the minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) if certain conditions are met. For example, if the necessary improvements would negatively impact the property value, if the landlord is unable to secure funding for the improvements or the property is Listed.

Local authorities in England do have the authority to enforce compliance with MEES. If a landlord fails to meet the minimum standards they may face financial penalties. The UK Government have proposed that properties will need to meet a compulsory energy performance certificate rating of band ‘C’ on any new tenancies by December 2025 and on all rented properties by December 2028.

If you would like more information on EPC’s or you would like to book an EPC in Chesterfield for your property then please don’t hesitate to contact the team at W. T. Parker, Estate Agents, Chesterfield Tel: 01246 232 156.