Residential energy performance certificate (EPC / RdSAP)

EPC ­ - this is an energy performance certificate – and gives information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce your energy costs. All homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC.
 
An EPCs contains:

Frequency asked questions about EPCs

Q. Who needs one?

Every previously lived in house on the open market will require an EPC after 30th June, 2008 (New builds are assessed at the design stage).

 

Q. Who is responsible to get it?

The homeowner is responsible to ensure that an EPC is available; Estate Agents are encouraged to ensure that all properties on their books comply but all Solicitors will insist on a valid EPC being available prior to the completion on a property sale.

 

Q. How long is it valid for?

Currently it will remain valid for 10 years.

 

Q.When do I need to get one?

The legal requirement is that if a property is placed on the market the first potential buyer should be in a position to see an EPC certificate as soon as they are introduced to the property.

 

Q. How long will it take to get?

The initial inspection of you home should take somewhere in the region of 1 hour and your EPC should be available in a day.

 

Q. How much will it cost?

A typical property will cost around £60 but this may vary due to size and complexity of the building. EBSNI are committed to providing value for money whilst maintaining a high level of service.

 

Q.What if my home gets a bad rating?

If we access your home it will get a rating and a list of suggested actions which will improve your energy rating. If you decide to implement some or any of those actions and it is likely to alter the band which your property falls into, we will carry out a repeat assessment at half price.

 

Q. Who needs one?

Every previously lived in house on the open market will require an EPC after 30th June, 2008 (New builds are assessed at the design stage).

 

Q. Who is responsible to get it?

The homeowner is responsible to ensure that an EPC is available; Estate Agents are encouraged to ensure that all properties on their books comply but all Solicitors will insist on a valid EPC being available prior to the completion on a property sale.

 

Q. How long is it valid for?

Currently it will remain valid for 10 years.

 

Q.When do I need to get one?

The legal requirement is that if a property is placed on the market the first potential buyer should be in a position to see an EPC certificate as soon as they are introduced to the property.

 

Q. How long will it take to get?

The initial inspection of you home should take somewhere in the region of 1 hour and your EPC should be available in a day.

 

Q. How much will it cost?

A typical property will cost around £60 but this may vary due to size and complexity of the building. EBSNI are committed to providing value for money whilst maintaining a high level of service.

 

Q.What if my home gets a bad rating?

If we access your home it will get a rating and a list of suggested actions which will improve your energy rating. If you decide to implement some or any of those actions and it is likely to alter the band which your property falls into, we will carry out a repeat assessment at half price.

 

Q. Why use EBSNI?

All our assessors are employed directly by EBSNI we do not encourage the use of sub-contractors or franchises. This way we can guarantee a superior level of service than our competitors might promise.

 

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