The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive EPBD was passed into law in January 2003 in the UK and has become legislation since 30th June 2008 for resale properties and rental properties since 31 December 2008 in Northern Ireland.
The Directive aims to improve energy efficiency of all buildings and therefore generate savings in energy consumption and the reduction in harmful effects of green house gases. This improved energy efficiency is aimed to be promoted through generating an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and all buildings will be legally required to have an EPC before they can be offered for sale or rent.
The EPC is a legally required document which describes the energy efficiency of the property. It rates the property on a scale of efficiency from A to G with A being the most efficient and G being the least efficient. The more efficient the rating the lower energy consumption and ultimately lower running costs.
The production of an EPC will be a means of advising how to improve the buildings efficiency and will also become an increasingly important consideration for all property buyers and tenants. If you intend selling or renting your property you will be required to provide an EPC.
The average UK rating of a domestic property is E on a scale of A to G. The rating of your property depends on many factors including age, of property, type, age of boiler, insulation. The EPC will also come with cost effective recommendations on how to improve energy efficiency of the building for example, insulation, double glazing, thermostats, upgrading boilers, switching tariffs, solar panels. An EPC is valid for ten years.
Hendron Property offer fully certified energy performance assessments by an accredited energy assessor on all domestic.