Energy Performance Certificate (EPC's)
An EPC is issued once our assesor has checked the following:
- The DEA home inspector must on arrival conduct a health & safety survey around the exterior and interior of the property.
- The assessor will take dimensions throughout the property to work out the area considered as "space heating" to determine heat loss through walls and ceilings for example.
- Inspection of boilers, room heaters, fireplaces and heating controls will also be surveyed, the type of fuels to heat the home will also be recorded.
- Any extensions to the property will be surveyed including the year of build and the construction properties noted.
- The main house construction will be surveyed and the age of build noted.
- Any "un-separated" conservatory dimensions and build age will also be recorded if one exists. For the purposes of doubt a "separate" conservatory is one where access to the conservatory is through a door and is exempt from the energy survey.
- The property will be inspected to establish what insulation is present, both in walls and loft. Loft access is required if there is one.
- All data will be recorded on a site survey property data sheet, or a PDA for download.
- Types of glazing and cfl (energy saving) lighting in fixed outlets will be taken into account. In addition any renewable energy sources will be noted, for example a home wind turbine. The assessor can provide free advice to the owner for Energy Saving Tips and advice to reduce fuel bills.
- The DEA will then enter the data into a specialised computer program, this program analyses the data and produces an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate). Based on the information recorded the EPC may contain recommendations for the property, which if undertaken, can help improve the property's SAP Rating.
What happend to HIPS?
As of the 21st May HIPS Packs are no longer valid or required, please visit the following government link for more information: