Selling or renting property? If so, you will no doubt already know that you need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Most home-owners however, have no idea what the DEA (domestic energy assessor) will be looking at and how they can help.
Energy Performance Certificate
To produce the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) the DEA will initially assess the construction of the property, including measuring the thickness of the walls. If you have any insulation installed to the walls, either in the form of cavity wall insulation, or internal/external insulation for solid walls, then dig out your certificate. It can mean a few extra points on your final result.
Windows – the energy assessor will be checking the glazing type, and checking each of the seals for the effectiveness of the draughtproofing. If your windows were installed post 2002, again find your certficate/guarantee as the DEA needs evidence.
Heating and lighting – the energy assessor will look at the heating systems installed and at the lighting. What percentage is low energy? Do you have a flue gas heat recovery system, or a waste water heat recovery system. If so, ensure your DEA sees your documentation.
The property – to calculate the cubic volume of the property, the energy assessor will measure the property and draw a floor plan.
Once all the data is collected, the DEA will enter the information and generate the actual Energy Performance Certificate. Keep a copy of this, as under current legislation, the EPC is valid for 10 years. The estate agent will need the certificate, and will attach the front page to your property sales particulars.