Domestic Energy Performance Certificate: Requirements and Procedures
Domestic Energy Performance Certificates (Domestic EPCs) are a legal requirement for any property which is placed on the market in the United Kingdom. The reason for this lies at the heart of European Union legislation attempting to enforce the Kyoto Protocols and have every EU Member State reduce their Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions and reduce the amount of wasted energy produced. The UKs answer to this was to introduce Home Information Packs for any property going to be sold or let. The Domestic Energy Performance Certificate was a major requirement of this legislation and has out-lived the now repealed Home Improvement Packs due to their usefulness.
Should you fail to commission a Domestic Energy Performance Certificate for your property when you market it, you are running the risk of being fined up to £5000. This substantial figure will be made by Trading Standards Officers and you will still have to have the Domestic Energy Performance Certificate created for your property anyway. You will not be able to get out of having a Domestic EPC so there is no value in trying to do so. All that will happen is that you will add £5000 to the cost of the certificate.
When you have completed our online form and selected an assessor from the quotes we have provided for you, your Domestic Energy Assessor will carry out an assessment of your property to inspect such features as: lighting, ventilation, window glazing, the insulation, the hot water system, the building dimensions, the room dimensions, the number of rooms and the heating system installed in your property. After all of these aspects have been checked, you will be given your Domestic Energy Performance Certificate by the Domestic Energy Assessor.
The Domestic Energy Performance Certificate features a bar chart with the energy efficiency rating of your property marked somewhere between grades A to G. This score will be given based on the properties performance while taking into account the rating for other properties of the same type as yours. This gives a standardised and fair assessment of your property and will allow you to see how your property rates in relation to others. The Domestic Energy Performance Certificate will also provide estimated costs given for your property’s current energy use while also providing a look at how much less you will be spending each month if you make improvements to your property.
In order to get your legally required Domestic Energy Performance Certificate before you market your property, simple fill out our online form and My London Tradesman will contact companies on your behalf. You will then be provided with up to 3 quotes, leaving you to make an informed decision regarding which tradesman to employ based on the quotes you receive.
All of the tradesmen we use have up to date training and are registered with all the necessary governing bodies. We only use reputable and trustworthy tradesmen.