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The Energy Performance Certificate provides your property with a standardised energy rating from A to G, together with a list of recommendations and suggested improvements that should help improve the energy efficiency of your home, its running costs, and to help reduce the overall carbon emissions from the domestic housing stock which are widely believed to be a contributing factor to climate change.

Sellers
We offer a reliable and professional service providing certificates at competitive prices for clients selling properties. From the 1st October 2008 Energy Performance Certificates are now required for all residential properties that are on the market.

Landlords
We also provide certificates for rental properties which, from the 1st October 2008, landlords are required to provide for their prospective tenants if the property is to be re-let.

Mike Lawton, a director at Torquay Real Estate, holds a diploma in Domestic Energy Assessment and is able to provide Energy Performance Certificates quickly and efficiently for your property.

Please feel free to contact Mike on 01803 327287 to discuss your requirements, prices and for any guidance or assistance.

Torquay Real Estate
Domestic Energy Assessments
79 Babbacombe Road
Babbacombe
Torquay
TQ1 3SR


What does an Energy Inspection involve?

Once you have requested an EPC from an accredited energy assessor, the assessor will contact you to arrange a convenient time to visit your property. During the assessment the assessor will need to inspect your property and collect information. This will include external or internal measurements, details about the construction, and the type of heating/hot water system used in your property.

The assessor will need to access all of the rooms, the boiler, any cellars or loft as applicable. The assessor will need to take photographs of items such as heaters and meters.

The assessor will not be testing any of the heating/hot water appliances, wiring or plumbing- this is purely a visual inspection in order to collect data.

The assessment of a typical 3 bedroom property normally takes about 60 minutes; larger or more complex properties can take longer.

What is an Energy Performance Certificate?

An EPC is similar to the energy performance certificates now provided with domestic appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines. It provides prospective purchasers or tenants with information of how energy efficient a property is.

The EPC provides a rating for the energy performance of a home from A to G, where A is very efficient and G is very inefficient.

The EPC shows two things about the property.

  • The energy efficiency rating (based on how much the home would cost to run)
  • The environmental impact rating (based on how much carbon dioxide is released into the environment because of the home).

The rating is based on factors such as age, property layout, construction, heating, lighting, and insulation. The ratings are standard so a purchaser can compare the energy efficiency of one home easily with another. The typical rating for a home is D or E.

The certificate also provides information about how much it is likely to cost the owner to run the home. These estimated costs are based on :

  • Standard assumptions about a property which includes the number of occupants and how long it is heated a day.
  • Average fuel prices at the time when the EPC was produced.

The ACTUAL RUNNING COSTS will vary depending on the current fuel costs and the lifestyle and energy usage of the occupants.

A recommendation report
forms part of the certificate. This provides a range of improvement measures which could improve the energy efficiency of the home.

What sort of recommendations will be made and what do the mean?
The recommendation report includes cost-effective recommendations split into low cost improvements (up to £500) and high cost improvements (over £500). It also includes more advanced energy improvements that could be applied to a home to achieve the highest possible energy efficiency standards. Many of these will be more costly and have a much larger payback period.

Do I have to act on the recommendations ?
No. The recommendations are there for the advice of the owner and prospective owner or landlord and prospective tenant. There is no legal requirement to act on any of the recommendations. Each improvement in the recommendation report is accompanied by the typical cost savings per year, as well as what the likely performance rating could be after improvements are made.

Getting ready for the assessment
The assessor will need to know about how your home has been built. Finding supporting information before the assessor visits will ensure you get the most accurate rating for your property. The assessor will want to know:

  • When the property was built or converted (searches or deeds may provide evidence)
  • Whether your property has been extended and when
  • If it has double glazing, any receipts or certificates that may be available
  • Whether the walls have been insulated and if so whether this is cavity, internal or external insulation
  • Boilers and hot water cylinders-when these were installed and any manuals you may have
  • Location of room thermostats and heating timers
  • Location of gas and electricity meters
  • The type of heating fuel used and the types of heating used for the home.

After the visit, the assessor will feed the information gathered during the assessment into an authorised software programme which will produce your EPC and recommendation report.

What sort of recomendations are made

Pre-April 2012 the certificates includes cost-effective recommendations split into low cost improvements (up to £500) and high cost improvements (over £500). It also includes more advanced energy improvements that could be applied to a home to achieve the highest possible energy efficiency standards. Many of these will be more costly and have a much larger payback period. The current recommendations are now linked to the Green Deal scheme and highlight which improvements to the property will be elegible for the Green Deal finance packages to be introduced later in 2012.

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