What is an EPC?
A domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is an energy audit/survey of your property, the final product of which is a certificate that provides information on how energy efficient your dwelling is and gives it a grade based on this, A being very good, G being quite bad. It also includes recommendations that will help lower your energy usage, reduce your energy bills, and increase savings.
Why do I need one?
It’s the law. Since 2008, if you are building a new dwelling, selling an existing dwelling, buying an existing dwelling, renting or leasing a dwelling of any kind then it is a legal requirement to have these calculations performed. Failure to do so results in fines.
Can you fail an EPC?
Yes. In 2019 the government released the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) making it unlawful to sell, rent or lease a property that achieves an EPC lower than an E. So, if your property achieves an EPC of an F or G, you cant sell, rent or lease it. Again, QuinnRoss Energy has been advising clients on improvements to the EPC score for their properties, long before the MEES regulations came in. We will know exactly the best methods to bring it into compliance and improve the efficiency of the building to aid compliance.
How long is an EPC valid for?
Once an EPC has been issued it is valid for 10 years providing no major changes are made to the property.