EPC - Energy Performance Certificates

Hip Eneregy Performance Certificate EPC

From the 1st October 2008 all properties on the market for sale or to let will require an Energy Performance Certificate by law in England and Wales, even those previously exempt from a HIP.

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a compulsory item for the Home Information Pack and only a qualified Domestic Energy Inspector (DEA) can Issue an EPC. EPCs are being rolled out across the Europe Union to all member countries.
An EPC contains:
  • The property address
  • The energy efficiency rating both current and potential
  • The environmental impact CO2 rating both current and potential
  • Estimated energy use with regards to CO2, fuel and costs
  • The DEA name and address
  • How to complain about the EPC
  • How to improve the energy efficiency of the property.

How To Improve The Energy Efficiency of The Property

Low cost measures to improve the energy efficiency include
  • Low energy lighting for all fixed outlets
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Loft insulation
  • Programmable heating controls with room stats and thermostatically controlled radiator values
Higher cost measures include
  • Installing a condensing boiler
  • Double-glazing
  • Solar water heating
  • Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for electricity