Ashton Melzack Associates

Residential EPCs
Tel: 07730 684048
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) give information on how to make a home more energy efficient and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. All homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC.
The rating reflects the energy and carbon emission efficiency of your home using a grade from ‘A’ to ‘G’. An ‘A’ rating is the most efficient, while ‘G’ is the least efficient. The average efficiency grade to date is 'D'. All homes are measured using the same calculations, so you can compare the energy efficiency of different properties.
EPCs also provides a detailed recommendation report which can be used with the Green Deal when it starts at the end of 2012 showing what you could do to help reduce your energy costs and your carbon dioxide emissions. The report lists:
- suggested improvements, like eg fitting loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, boiler upgrade
- possible cost savings per year, if the improvements are made
- how the recommendations would change the energy and carbon emission rating of the   property
Regulations on commissioning an EPC before marketing a property

There is a duty to commission an EPC before marketing for the sale and rent of residential buildings;

A seven day period is given within which an EPC is to be secured using ‘reasonable efforts’.

If after that 7 day period the EPC has not been secured the relevant person will have a further 21 days in which to do so.

An EPC has been commissioned when a Domestic Energy Assessor has been instructed to prepare the EPC and the EPC has either been paid for or has given a clear undertaking to pay for it.