Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
What is it and why is it required?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is awarded following the successful completion of an EPC inspection, which is carried out to identify how efficient a building is and to provide it a rating based on this performance from A to G, with A being the most efficient. The rating also provides a current performance level compared to a potential energy rating. When renting or selling any property it is a legal requirement to have a building assessed for energy performance, so that this information can be passed onto prospective occupants. Following a successful EPC inspection, a certificate is awarded that is valid for ten years, unless significant changes are made to the property. If a property has a total floor area of above 500 square metres and is frequently visited by members of the public, an EPC must also be displayed in the form of a Display Energy Certificate (DEC).
What are the benefits?
Carrying out an EPC inspection ensures that a building is in line with current legislative requirements. It also enables building owners and managers to benchmark current property energy efficiency performance against other similar sites, or sites within a portfolio, enabling comparisons to be made and improvement plans identified based upon this benchmarking. Improving energy efficiency can deliver significant financial benefits, reduced business risks and enhanced reputation.
How can the S2 Partnership help?
The S2 Partnership can carry out an EPC inspection or provide a DEC for a property, providing additional guidance on how to improve efficiency, if required.
One of our consultants will assess all areas and aspects of the property, including construction, age of property, lighting, glazing, heating and cooling plant, and insulation.
Please contact us for more information.