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Who needs an Energy Performance Certificate?  

Every newly contructed structure dwelling or commercial in England and Wales now requires an Energy Performance Certificate if it is marketed for sale or rent. This is a legal requirement. A sale cannot occur without an Energy Performance Certificate in place.  A tenant cannot 'legally' move in to the property until an Energy Performance Certificate has been produced, from this date. These can only be completed by a licensed and accredited on construction energy assessor. 

What is Involved ?

An accredited Energy Assessor will produce the EPC in accordance with the legislation, which will include, but not be limited to, the following tasks:Visit a property to conduct an energy assessment for an existing building, collecting information on the property, which includes:

 

An accredited Energy Assessor will produce the EPC in accordance with the legislation, which will include, but not be limited to, the following tasks:  

            Visit a property to conduct an energy assessment for an existing building, collecting information on the property, which includes:

  • Establish property type (this includes build type, age, extensions etc) .
  • Property dimensions. Site notes will include floor plan diagram to determine floor area, room height and heat loss wall perimeter. If there are extensions and/or conservatories these can be added and considered separately.
  • Visual inspection to determine construction type (stone, brick, cavity wall etc). This will also identify if cavity wall or external insulation has been installed (presence of drill pattern).
  • Visual inspection of the loft space to determine insulation levels (this inspection should not require full access to the loft, it should be a visual inspection through the loft hatch).
  • Visual inspection to determine the of windows /glazing type.
  • Visual inspection to determine the presence and number of open flues /fireplaces.
  • Visual inspection to determine the type of space and water heating systems. This includes identifying the type of boiler and heating. controls as well as visual assessment of the hot water cylinder (where present).
  • Visual inspection of the electricity/gas meters.
  • Determine whether there is mechanical ventilation present.
  • Use of green technologies, Photovoltaic cells, solar, wind and low energy lighting.

Photographs that may be required include:                                                                

  • External view of front elevation of the property                                                       
  • External view of rear elevation of the property                                                           
  • External view of any extensions                                                            
  • Close-up of wall construction types and alternative walls (if applicable)                                                             
  • View of alternative wall construction                                                           
  • View of roof insulation                                                          
  • Example of typical window                                                        
  • PV and solar panels                                                          
  • Boilers, showing recognition features                                                            
  • Heating controls, e.g. Programmers, roomstats, TRVs                                                          
  • Secondary heating (if applicable)                                                         
  • Hot water cylinder                                                       
  • Electric and gas meters

 

Use of an approved software programme to produce the EPCSAP or SBEM - will be the methodologies used. Developed for Communities and Local Government (CLG). This model demonstrates compliance with the requirements of the Building Regulations for newly constructed Buildings.  This will provide an energy rating for the energy efficiency of and carbon emissions generated by the building.  A recommendation report will also be produced and attached to the certificate, providing details on ways to improve the energy efficiency and what impacts such improvements might have on the rating.The energy assessor will then lodge the certificate onto a national register (Landmark) via the accreditation scheme and provide an electronic copy of the certificate and the recommendation report.

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