Energy Performance Certificate
At Building Response, we provide professional Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).
An Energy Performance Certificate is alway going to be an essential requirement when a property is:
It is important to make sure you have obtained an EPC for tenants or potential buyers before you market your property to sell or rent.
The certificate contains information about a property’s energy use and typical energy cost and recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money. This information is usually very basic however. You do only need the basic version so that you can sell or rent the property, but what if you are buying the property?
It may be useful to know that there are higher end EPCs; at Building Response, whilst we can, of course, provide you with the usual basic Energy Performance Certificate, you may wish to have more information on where precisely the property is losing heat. For this, we use thermal imaging.
A basic, essential EPC assigns the property an “energy efficiency rating” within the range of A (being most efficient) to G (being least efficient), and is valid for 10 years from the date of issue. Just remember guys; an Energy Performance Certificate is not an Energy Efficiency Survey. An Energy Efficiency Survey is very different, a lot more complicated, and involves thermal imaging so that we can physically show you where your property or building is losing the most energy.
How Do I get an EPC?
Contact Building Response today to speak to one of our qualified and accredited assessors. We attend, assess your property, and issue the certificate. Simple. However, if you wish to have a report whereby you are presented with thermal images showing exactly where you are losing heat from your property, then we can also upgrade your survey to provide such a service. Yes, that is right; using thermal imaging we can see active heat loss and would then be able to provide you with details on how best to prevent excessive heat loss.
Call or email us today and we can talk you through your options. If you know your property is just fine, then, of course, all you will need is a basic Energy Performance Certificate. Remember guys, you can be fined if you don’t get an EPC when you need one (for sale or rental). Similarly, the person selling or renting the house/ property (the landlord or the letting agent) must show you the EPC at the time of buying or renting.
Not all Buildings Need an EPC
Some buildings do not require an EPC – these include:
- Places of worship.
- Temporary buildings that will be used for less than 2 years.
- Stand-alone buildings with total useful floor space of less than 50 square metres.
- Industrial sites, workshops, and non-residential agricultural buildings that don’t use a lot of energy.
- Some buildings that are due to be demolished.
- Holiday accommodation that’s rented out for less than 4 months year or is let under a licence to occupy.
- Listed buildings.
- Residential buildings intended to be used less than 4 months a year.
Compare other Building’s or Other Houses EPCs
You might want to compare other building’s energy efficiency to your own. You can view the energy performance certificates of other properties free of charge! This lets you compare your own building/ office/ home’s energy performance with that of similar properties. You can use the government website to search by the property’s address or by the EPCs reference number. Also, remember that you can indeed opt out of the register if you would prefer that others were unable to see your EPC.
To find out more about our Energy Performance Certificate services, have a look at:
- EPC Survey & EPC Assessment.
- EPC Follow Up Works.
- Heat Energy Assessment & Heat Energy Survey.
- Energy Saving & Energy Saving Advice.
- Residential EPC.
- Commercial EPC.