Energy Performance Certificates
An EPC is a way of providing a measure of a building based on the projected energy consumption and carbon emissions. They also give information on how to make a building more energy efficient and reduce energy costs. There is no pass or fail on an EPC, only a rating displayed on a scale from A to G.
EPCs are mandatory for both residential and commercial buildings and apply to new build developments as well as existing buildings and projects that are classed as change of use. They must be in place before Building Control can issue a completion notice. If you are creating a new dwelling or commercial space, either through brand new construction or through a material change of use of a building, then the EPC must be produced via SAP or SBEM calculations. Don’t worry if you’re not sure – just give us a call on 01423 506070 and we can advise.
EPCs produced under RdSAP (Reduced Data SAP), although suitable for the sale or let of existing dwellings, are not accepted by Building Control for new dwellings (including conversions) under the Building Regulations. If you require an Energy Performance Certificate for an existing dwelling or commercial building, Award Energy can arrange for an assessor to visit the property and undertake the necessary survey and then lodge the EPC.
As from the 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the private rented sector to normally have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020. Let us know if you will be affected by these proposed regulations and we can provide advice on how to meet the requirements and achieve a compliant EPC.