FAQ

EPC FAQ

What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) offer information on how to make a residential home more energy efficient and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. By law all homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC.

What if I do not have an EPC?

If you choose not to have an EPC issued where appropriate, trading standards officers have the right to issue a fixed penalty notice.

How long does an EPC last?

The Energy performance certificate (EPC) is currently valid for 10 years for properties. However, it is worth noting that 10 years is a long time and the accuracy of the EPC will diminish over time as the avergae fuel costs change. It has been suggested that the validity period ought to be lowered but currently the EPC is valid for 10 years.

How long does an EPC assessment take?

An EPC takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes for a typical 3 bed house. Complex properties with one or more extensions can take longer and smaller less complex properties may take less time. We allow an hour for any EPC appointment and in most cases this will prove to be sufficient. However, larger properties may require slightly longer.

What’s involved in the EPC assessment procedure?

The assessment and assessor will take into consideration: Heating type Hot water provision Structure Characteristics of the building including walls, floors, roof type and age Glazing type present Dimensions of the property including floor area and floor heights

Will my EPC be invalid if I carry out changes to the property?

The EPC will not be invalid, however, it’s accuracy will be somewhat undermined. You will need to point out any changes to the new tenant or purchaser. If the changes are significant you would be wise to consider getting the certificate renewed

Will you need to lift up any floorboards?

The EPC assessment is a non-invasive survey and therefore there is generally no need to remove or move fixtures. Usually the most intrusive action that the assessor will need to carry out is to access the loft space if applicable to the property.

Are we CRB Checked?

Yes ALL accredited DEA's are checked with the Criminal Records Bureau.

Are we insured? 

Yes, as our energy assessors are members of appropriate accreditation schemes and are provided with Public Indemnity and Public Liability insurance.

  • We have worked with Expert Survey Solutions for a number of years and they have been selected as our companywide sole provider for Energy Performance Certificates and Floorplans.  Adam and his team have stood out from the marketplace in a number of key indicators: the information they provide is always accurate, his team are always flexible for our clients’ needs without a delay, always reliable and offer exceptional customer service. 

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  • We have been using Expert Survey Solutions to do our EPC's for a couple of years now and are extremely happy with the service they offer.

    We find them to be personable, reliable & trustworthy and have absolutely no reservations in recommending them to our vendors.North Estates, St Albans

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    He gave me a list of requirements in advance, called to apologise when he got stuck in traffic which delayed his arrival slightly, and provided lots of useful advice during and after the survey.

    He was an absolute pleasure to deal with and delivered the EPC on time, and followed up a note of thanks for the business and some further tips on recommendations. Jeremy - Hertfordshire