If you are buying, selling, or developing a house in the UK, you are required by law to get an energy performance certificate (EPC).
How much does an EPC cost?
The typical price of an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is between £35 and £120. (including VAT). The price is determined by a variety of elements, such as the type of home you own and the number of bedrooms. To ensure you’re receiving the best deal, compare estimates from licenced energy assessors as there are no set costs.
What is involved in the EPC cost?
An EPC’s price includes both the survey that a certified domestic energy assessor does and the actual Energy Performance Certificate.
The Certificate rates the property’s energy efficiency on a scale of A to G, with A denoting “Very Efficient” and G denoting “Not Very Efficient.” In England and Wales, a building’s energy efficiency rating falls within band D.
Additionally, the EPC will give the property a number between 1 and 100, with a higher number indicating a greater level of energy efficiency. A house with greater energy efficiency will have lower fuel costs.
What does a Domestic Energy Assessor do?
You are also paying for the services of a Domestic Energy Assessor when you get an EPC (DEA). The EPC typically takes 45 to 60 minutes to complete.
The DEA will do many health and safety inspections on your property and take measurements all throughout the structure to locate potential heat loss zones, such as windows, ceilings, and walls.
In order to estimate how much it would cost to power and heat your house, the property will be evaluated. The EPC also indicates how much you could be able to save should you increase the home’s energy efficiency and lower operating expenses, as specified in the Certificate.
The survey also includes:
- Inspection of fireplaces, heating controls, boilers, and room heaters.
- Type of fuel used to heat the property recorded.
- An examination of any additions to the property, together with information on its age and building type (solid brick, stone, etc.).
- Examining the insulation in the walls and loft.
- Record of energy-efficient lighting
- examination of the window glazing kinds
When everything is finished, the data is entered onto a property datasheet, and the EPC is generated.