Energy Performance Certificates

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) are intended to inform potential buyers or tenants about the energy performance of a building, so they can consider energy efficiency as part of their investment or business decision to buy or occupy that building. We specialise in providing all types of Energy Certificates on all property types including domestic houses and non-domestic commercial premises throughout Hastings and Bexhill.

Energy Performance Certificates are a legal requirement when selling or letting all residential and commercial properties including houses, shops, offices and larger commercial and industrial premises. Since April 2012 it is a requirement to have the certificate in place before marketing your property so the certificate can form part of the agent’s particulars. EPC’s provide information about how energy efficient a property is on a scale of A-G, with band A being the most efficient. The higher the rating the more energy efficient the property is and the lower fuel bills are likely to be.

The way a building is constructed, insulated, heated, ventilated and the type of fuel used, all contribute to its carbon emissions. The certificate indicates improvements that could be made to the individual property in order to save money and reduce the impact on the environment.

EPC Cert logoWe have fully qualified Energy Assessors to prepare EPC’s on domestic  properties. All our Assessors hold current CRB checks, giving you peace of mind in allowing us into your property.  We can advise you on:

  • Making cost savings on gas and electricity bills
  • Reducing your property’s Energy Rating
  • Reducing Carbon Emissions

MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards)

With the introduction of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), as of April 2020, it is now a legal requirement that domestic properties being rented must achieve an E rating or above.

If your property currently has an F or G rating we can advise you on the most cost-effective route to improve your properties ratings. This will involve inspection of your property to prepare a draft EPC. From here we can then look into the different improvement measures and formulate the most appropriate route of making your property compliant.

Once the recommended improvement measures have been implemented, we will then re-inspect your property and lodge the EPC to reflect the improved rating.

Frequently asked questions:

  1. How long are EPC’s valid for? Certificates are valid for 10 years, available to all future owners or occupiers of the property.
  2. Are any properties exempt? Yes, although very few. Residential properties let out for less than 3 months are exempt. Some commercial properties are also exempt, mainly this includes (i) Buildings less than 50m² of floor space (ii) Places of Worship (iii) Temporary buildings with a planned use period of less than 2 years and (iv) Unheated industrial buildings.
  3. What is the average rating of a domestic property? The average energy rating for a dwelling in England and Wales has a SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) rating 46/100 placing the average property in Band E.

For more information on EPC’s follow the links below:

Survey-Icon.170  Domestic EPC’s