If you're a homeowner or a landlord in the UK, it's important that you comply fully with various Building Regulations to ensure your property is energy efficient. Obtaining a Domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a mandatory requirement and Falcon Energy are your go-to experts for managing and distributing such reports and certificates in Horsham, Crawley, Billingshurst and surrounding areas within West Sussex.
Energy Performance Certificate Rules for Landlords
Since April 2018, it’s against the law to let or lease a residential property that has a poor EPC rating and as of April 2020, all existing tenancies must also have an EPC rating of E or higher. That's why it's so important now more than ever to ensure your domestic property is properly assessed and you're aware of how eco-friendly your building is.
Acting now could save you time and money in the future and will ensure your property reaches the minimum E rating as laid out by EPC regulations. Tests will be taken ahead of the EPC to check your properties insulation, heating and renewable sources; all of which are hugely significant factors when it comes to having an environmentally friendly domestic property.
Why Falcon Energy?
With years of experience and a team of skilled experts, Falcon Energy not only understands the importance of a domestic EPC but we know the significance of convenience, cost and professionalism. That's why every effort will be made to ensure our work is quick, efficient and the least disruption as possible is brought to you.
By choosing us, you can rest assured you'll be working alongside a team that's not only highly experienced and capable of a range of energy efficiency services but also professionals that keep abreast of government regulations and standards. We'll go above and beyond to not only provide in-depth reports and evidence but come up with innovative, cost effective solutions.
Falcon Energy is also able to offer floor plans to all landlords or estate agents that need these alongside any EPC’s for property listings. The floor plans are produced by plan up software that enables either 2D or 3D plans to be drawn up for rental or sales purposes.
If you are having a domestic EPC survey, then why not get a floor plan drawn up at the same time. Listing with a floorplan can greatly enhance the chance of selling your property.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a domestic EPC?
An EPC is an Energy Performance Certificate and is required for all homes, bought, sold or rented in the UK. Since 2013, listed buildings have been exempt.
The certificate shows how energy efficient a property is and the potential energy efficiency that could be achieved, along with recommendations on how to improve. These scores are marked on the certificate as ‘current’ and ‘potential’.
Depending on the results, a property will be given a rating from A to G; A being the most efficient and G the least. The report includes recommendations on how to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
|EPC Band||Energy Efficiency Rating|
|A||92-100 SAP points (Most efficient)|
|B||81-91 SAP points|
|C||69-80 SAP points|
|D||55-68 SAP points|
|E||39-54 SAP points|
|F||21-38 SAP points|
|G||1-20 SAP points (Least efficient)|
What does an EPC inspection involve?
A qualified Energy Assessor will visit the property and carry out an energy survey lasting up to one hour, at a time convenient to you and your tenants. During this time the assessor will examine the performance of loft insulation, boilers, hot water tanks, radiators, windows for double glazing, open fireplaces, solar panels and all key items of energy use.
Precise measurements of conservatories and extensions will also be taken and heat loss through the roof will be assessed. Each aspect will be awarded a score or SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) point which totals up to your final EPC rating.
See the ‘What is an EPC?’ guide from the Government for more information or contact us with any queries you might have.
Is there a minimum rating?
On 1st April 2018, a minimum rating for all new lets and renewals of tenancies for properties rented out in the private sector was introduced. It states landlords need to ensure their properties have a minimum rating of E on an EPC. In April 2020, this new law was extended to all existing tenancies.
The fine for breaching this law is a civil penalty of up to £5,000, unless there is an applicable exemption (eg. a listed building).
Since 1st April 2016 it has been regulated that tenants can apply for consent to carry out energy efficiency improvements on rented properties in the private sector.
Do you have to act on the recommendations in the report?
Once you receive the report and have made the minimum energy rating requirement (if applicable), you do not have to act on the recommendations. However, doing so will likely make your property more appealing to sell or rent and will save you money on energy whilst you’re the owner.
To emphasise this, the recommendations report includes detailed estimates of energy savings based on suggested improvements, the score you could potentially achieve and the cost savings per year on fuel.
How do you arrange a domestic EPC?
Contact a qualified energy assessor like Falcon Energy in your area and arrange a date for a site survey to take place. Assessors will need access to your loft and any conservatories to complete the inspection.
What about commercial properties?
Commercial properties have their own Commercial EPC that needs to be arranged whether you’re selling, renting or building a commercial property. If multiple buildings make up a site they will likely require their own individual EPCs.
Call us today
If you'd like to arrange an EPC assessment and find out more about our services, call Falcon Energy on 01403 253439 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.