Thu 08 Oct 2015
Do I need an Energy Performance Certificate? If you are selling your property YES YOU DO!
An energy rating MUST be shown on marketing material for a property e.g. brochure, window cards, Internet portals and newspaper adverts within the first 28 days of advertising a property.
Once the property has been sold through an Estate Agent, they will be asked to send the whole Energy Performance Certificate to the buyers’ solicitor.
The Energy Performance Certificate, ‘a legal requirement to marketing’, has been in place for almost a decade now and we are still asked what it involves and why it is required?
John German utilise the professional energy surveying services of Talk Green Limited, a leading Midlands based Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) company, whose expertise extends to cover residential, commercial and public buildings throughout the length & breadth of the country.
Having been involved in the energy surveying market prior to its conception, the expertise and professionalism of their surveying team is second to none.
Here Talk Green offers a little guidance:
Why an EPC is required:
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) were introduced as a direct result of EU Legislation, with the intention of providing independent & impartial guidance on what, and how, prospective purchasers can do in order to reduce their individual C02/Carbon Emissions, thus reducing their energy consumption and associated costs - A WIN-WIN FOR US ALL!
What will the Energy Assessor be looking for at your home?
At the property, the energy surveyor will be looking at and identifying all the thermal qualities of the building incorporating the build age, building fabric, central heating system and associated controls, the levels and depth of the loft insulation and finally a comprehensive floor / volume plan in order to calculate the property's overall size.
Once completed the surveyor will advise what happens next in addition to indicating that the EPC will be sent to John German, usually the same day, so they can add the graph and energy rating to all the marketing material for your property.
Some exceptions to the rule:
There are a few exceptions to the rule, e.g. listed buildings do not require an EPC. If the property has had an EPC carried out previously, the certificate lasts for 10 years, and unless drastic changes have been made to the property you won’t require a new one to be carried out. FIND OUT MORE HERE.
CLICK HERE if you would like John German to arrange an EPC for your property.
Look out for our top tips to help increase your energy rating – coming soon.
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