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A Basic Guide to Energy Performance Certificates

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an image of an exposed lightbulb, which would be checked for its efficiency during assesments for energy performance certificates

Although our team of engineers primarily deal with air conditioning systems, Belmar Services Ltd. can accurately undertake energy performance certificates for those requiring our services. Below, the Belmar Services Ltd have offered a basic guide to help you understand the importance of securing energy performance certificates.

What are Energy Performance Certificates?

Energy Performance Certificates (or EPCs) are essentially a guide that tenants or property sellers need to obtain before selling, renting, or even building a property. The guide offers information on an extensive range of energy-related topics, including how efficient the home is, the annual cost of running the home, and what improvements could be made to make running the property even more cost-effective.

Why do I need an EPC?

Legally, you must have an EPC if you are looking to sell or rent your home to a tenant. The EPC is valid for ten years, so be sure to check whether your property already has an existing certificate.

How can I get one?

To obtain an EPC within the United Kingdom, you’ll need to get in contact with an accredited assessor. The team here at Belmar Services Ltd have the training necessary to conduct an on-site visit, survey the property, and produce an appropriate energy performance certificate.

What will an EPC show me?

An EPC will present a number of results from the assessment, and the great news is that you won’t need a specialist to be able to understand the content! Generally, the EPC will give your property an energy efficiency rating, which could be anything from a grade A to a grade G. A grade A would indicate that your property is well insulated, modern, energy efficient and fairly inexpensive to maintain, whereas a grade G rating would mean that serious changes need to be implemented. The EPC will also reveal information on the estimated costs of running the property, and your overall energy performance.

Are there property exemptions?

A building that offers a heating or air conditioning system will need an EPC, but there are obvious exceptions. Temporary buildings, industrials sites, buildings that are due to be demolished, and even places of worship will not need to obtain an EPC – although it is definitely worth talking to an expert to check if you are unsure whether an EPC is necessary for your property or not.

Do not hesitate to contact Belmar Services Ltd today to arrange an energy performance certificate consultation. Our team work within the wider Nottinghamshire area, so if your property is located in places like Loughborough, Leicester, or Walsall, our team will be able to conduct a hassle-free assessment of your property. Please call 0115 9551398 at your earliest convenience to find out more today!

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