footPRINT - North Devon Journal Article

Thurs April 16th we ran an article outlining EPC's

Energy certificates needed for properties to rent or for sale

All domestic and commercial properties now need energy performance certificates (EPCs) if they are sold or let.

The EPC is part of a series of measures being introduced by the government to reflect legislation intended to help cut buildings carbon emissions and tackle climate change.

Government sources claim that buildings produce nearly half the UK’s carbon emissions, amounting to almost twice those generated by cars and planes. The way a building is constructed, insulated heated, ventilated and the type of fuel used, all contribute to its carbon emissions.

footPRINT Energy Assessments Ltd. Run by North Devon born Adam Hall and his business partner Stuart Moles, is one of a handful of local companies that provide domestic energy performance certificates and the only locally-based firm providing commercial EPC and Part L compliance testing (essential for new build property)

Adam Hall explained: “Fortunately, reducing the level of carbon a building emits also means we save money, due to the reduction in energy use. The energy performance certificate addresses the need to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions simply by comparing buildings’ current efficiency level and outlining what measures can be taken to reach a potential higher efficiency”.

There are three forms of certificates: The Domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), required by legislation for all dwellings sold or rented.

The commercial Energy Performance Certificate or Non Domestic Energy Performance Certificate (NDEPC), required for all non-dwellings sold or rented.

The Display Energy Certificate (DEC), required by legislation for all public buildings (over 1000 square meters) run by a public authority.

The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) gives home owners, tenants and buyers information on the energy efficiency of their property. It gives the building an efficiency rating from ‘A’ to ‘G’, where ‘A’ is the most efficient and with the average to date being ‘D’.

Adam Hall said the EPC enables easy comparison of the energy efficiency of different properties. Part of the EPC is a report which will list the potential rating that a home could achieve, if the owners made recommended changes. The report lists suggested improvements, details possible savings per year and describes how this would change the energy and carbon emission rating.

“The Domestic EPC is a useful tool to help buyers and letters choose the most efficient and cost effective home and once bought or let, how to make it more efficient and cost effective. EPC’s will help people make savings on fuel bills”, he said

Commercial premises are now required by legislation to have an EPC, in order to market the property for sale or rent. Commercial EPC’s provide potential letters or buyers with information on the efficiency of properties, which can be compared against other properties and the national average.

The EPC comes with a recommendation report that outlines measures that can be taken to increase the efficiency of the property. Properties will be rated from ‘A’ to ‘G’. ‘A’ being the most efficient and ‘G’ being the least.

EPC’s will last for ten years, with a new EPC required only after considerable alterations to the building. The EPC will be accompanied with a Recommendation Report.

Adam Hall added : “The Commercial EPC is hugely beneficial tool to any business considering new premises, choosing a more efficient property will help reduce outgoings and increase margins, essential in the current economic climate.”

Up to £2,500 funding is available form energy suppliers and Government to improve the efficiency of domestic properties, Government funding is available for renewable energy sources and up to £100,000 in interest free loans to improve the efficiency of commercial buildings.

footPRINT Energy Assessments Ltd can provide more information on any of the schemes mentioned. Visit www.fdea.co.uk, call 07966 329 011, or email info@fdea.co.uk