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What Is An EPC Score?

Energy Performance Certificates were brought about in England & Wales in 2007 and became a legal requirement for a dwellings to be sold, let or constructed. Once obtained, an EPC is valid for a maximum of 10 years.

The way in which the scoring works means the most efficient homes, which should have the lowest fuel bills, are in band A. The Certificate also gives you other vital information, on a scale of A-G, about the impact the home has on the environment. Higher rated homes should have less impact through Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions.

The average property in the UK is in band D – E for both ratings. The EPC will also include recommendations on ways to improve the home’s energy efficiency to save you money and help the environment.

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Legislation

In April 2018 the introduction of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard made it a legal requirement for all privately owned properties to have an EPC rating of at least an ‘E’ before they are sold or let. If the property is a listed building then this standard does not apply.

Be aware that those who fail to make the necessary changes will be subject to the appropriate fines: up to £5,000 for domestic dwellings and up to £150,000 for non-domestic properties.

What If You Don't Have An EPC?

If you have used our search function and are unable to find your EPC details then you will require an EPC to be carried out. For this to take place you will need an accredited energy assessor to conduct an energy assessment.

The energy assessor will need access to all rooms as well as the loft. They are also required to inspect heating systems and controls, take measurements and take photographs of all key data included in the survey. The survey is non invasive and a visual inspection is all that is required.  You can ask the assessor how long they expect to be but please be aware depending on the size of the property this could fluctuate.

Energy assessors can input this information on site or at home, to produce an Energy Performance Certificate which is lodged to the central register. Once this has taken place you will then be able to find your information using our search function.