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What is an EPC?

Published: 7th April 2020

What is an EPC?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) measures the energy efficiency of a property using a scale of A to G.

Energy Performance Certificates were introduced in England and Wales in 2007 and are a legal requirement for a building to be sold, let or constructed. Once obtained, an EPC is valid for 10 years.

If you own a rental property, the energy performance rating must be of an E rating or better.

When selling or letting a property, you must order an EPC for potential buyers and tenants before you market your property to sell or rent. You can read the government guidelines surrounding EPC’s here.

If you are unsure whether you already have a valid EPC, you can check here by entering your address details when prompted.

If you do not have one in place, Portfolio8 can arrange this for you. An accredited energy assessor will need to visit the property and have access to all rooms, including the loft.

Whilst the inspection is purely visual and non-invasive, the assessor will also be required to inspect the heating systems and controls, take measurements and take photographs of key data.

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