The EU Performance of Buildings Directive has been translated into national law with its main aim being to improve the energy performance of buildings, by requiring the energy performance to be advertised on the sale or rental of any domestic property.
This has been achieved through the introduction of Energy Performance Certificate (EPCs). Any private property rented out on or after 1st October 2008 will require an EPC. This certificate will be valid for 10 years.
The certificate will give each building a SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) rating, which will equate to an energy rating A-G, similar to those seen on fridge/freezers (where A is very efficient and G is very inefficient). All property owners will need to get their building inspected by an accredited energy assessor, if they want to let it to new tenants or sells it. The current market price for producing the certificate is estimated between £100-£150.
An EPC will be supplied with a recommendation report that lists cost effective and other measures to improve the energy rating of the building. The certificate will also be accompanied by information about the rating that could be achieved if all the recommendations were implemented. Property owners will be able to get a new certificate after installing energy efficiency measures.
EPCs may help with renting or selling properties as they will indicate to prospective buyers or tenants, how energy efficient the property is and will also provide information that may help to reduce the running cost of the property.
To find out more, contact the Energy Performance of Buildings Advice Line Tel-0845 3652468.