Berkshire HIP is committed to helping you through the process of obtaining an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). We aim to provide a seamless service that not only provides you with a quality assured product but one that is delivered quickly and professionally without any undue inconvenience. To help you understand the EPC better we have tried to explain what the EPC is below. Should you be left in any doubt or have any queries after reading the EPC FAQs below please feel free to contact us, we'll be more than happy to assist.
Q. WHAT IS AN ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE / EPC?
A. The government is committed to comply with EU Directive 2002/91/EC which aims to promote improvements in the energy performance of buidings. The EU directive requires an energy performance certificate for all dwellings at the time of sale. The certificate will give prospective purchasers an easy to read guide to the likely energy costs of occupying the property in a similar way that current 'white goods' have an efficiency label. Domestic energy consumption causes 25% of national CO2 emissions, and heating uses 90% of energy in the home. Improvement in the energy efficiency of our homes is therefore important in reducing our overall emissions.
Q. HOW LONG WILL THE SURVEY TAKE?
A. Berkshire Hip's experienced Domestic Energy Assessors (DEAs) will ensure that there is minimum inconvenience to you or your family and as such we can usually be done within an hour. The calculations are completed at our office with the Certificate be produced within 24 hours.
Q. WILL I NEED TO BE AT HOME WHEN THE SURVEYOR ARRIVES?
A. No, but it would be preferable as we may need to ask a few simple questions. However you can instruct anyone else to be present if you are not available or we can collect keys and proceed alone if it’s convenient.
Q. WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE?
A. The Certificate will look broadly similar to the certificate on new ‘white goods’. Its purpose is to record in a clear unambiguous format, how energy efficient your home is as a building. Using colour charts, the EPC will record the current rating and a potential rating which the property could achive if any recommendations are implemented.
Q. WHO CAN PRODUCE THE ENERGY CERTIFICATE?
A. The Energy Performance Certificate can only be completed by a qualified and licensed Domestic Energy Assessors or Home Inspectors. Rest assured at Berkshire HIP all of our Energy Assessors are fully qualified and accredited.