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Getting an EPC for a pub

Do you need an EPC for a pub?

If you are planning to sell your pub or indeed let it out, you will require a commercial EPC on the premises. We recommend organising the EPC on the pub prior to marketing the building since it can be an unnecessary hold up further down the line.

If you need an EPC for a pub in the London area, call us at London EPC on 0208 8192166. Over the last 5 years, we have carried out hundreds of commercial EPC assessments on pubs. Our team of qualified energy assessors can fulfil an EPC for a pub normally within 48 hours of first contact.

As part of our service we also include a recommendation report on your Pub, these reports can assist both the owner and prospective purchaser/tenant to understand the recommendations within the governments recommendations report.

Obviously the by their very nature, the layout of pubs in London is very diverse, however our assessors tend to be able to complete the commercial EPC on the pub within 2 hours and then get the report back to you next day.

We also now that pubs tend to busy places – our assessors will carry out the EPC survey on the pub with the minimum of fuss, trying to minimise disruption for staff.

How much does a commercial EPC on a pub cost?

It is very difficult to pin down a price, just because each pub is different from the next. Pubs are often pretty old, and sometimes unusually-shaped, as they’ve been changed and re purposed over the years. These non-standard layouts mean there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ estimate for the cost of surveying a pub, and it can be tricky to quote for.

For the reasons above, getting a commercial EPC on a pub can be pricey – but we will make sure to give you the fairest price possible. If you have rooms above the pub, this will add to the cost. The reason is that EPCs must be ‘zoned’, so each room and each en suite will be a separate zone in the software. Surveying, and then inputting all this information into the report software, is a time-consuming process, so the more rooms you have, the more expensive the EPC will be.

So if you need a quote for a pub EPC, make sure to send us as much info as possible! Any floor plans, dimensions or photos will help us to give you an accurate quote.

Our prices for commercial EPC surveys start at £99 + VAT, but for a mid size pub the price will be more likely £180 – 250 + VAT. For a bigger pub the price of the EPC might be a little higher than this.

Our assessor will provide a quote for the EPC prior to the visit and this price will not change regardless of what we encounter when we arrive at the premises, but sometimes these prices are slightly highballed by ourselves to ensure our costs are covered.

To get a more accurate price for both you and us here at London EPC, you can supply us with floor plans prior to us quoting for the commercial EPC survey – then the price will defiantly be more accurate.

So there you have it, if you would like London EPC to carry out a commercial EPC on your pub, please call us. Our assessors are all Government qualified and polite and efficient. We can turn around an EPC for a pub normally within 48 hours from first contact.

Landlords – 5 tips to conform with new energy efficiency legislation

Most landlords will now be aware of the new energy efficiency legislation coming into play in 2018. The legislation is called MEES – which stands for the ‘minimum energy efficiency standard’ and it was introduced in March 2015 by the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015. Most landlords will now be aware of the new energy efficiency legislation coming into play in 2018. The legislation is called MEES – which stands for the ‘Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards’ – and it was introduced in March 2015 by the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015.

Basically, this new legislation stipulates that from 1st April 2018, landlords of buildings in scope of the MEES regulations must not renew existing tenancies or grant new tenancies if the building has less than the minimum energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of E.

This means that if they rent a property in the private rental sector it basically needs to have a rating of E or better or else they won’t be able to rent it out!
So, the first thing you need to do is get your EPC rating – this can be found on the first page of the EPC report. It is likely if you are renting your property already, there will be an EPC already lodged on the government software. You can check for this by clicking here and entering your postcode and address.

If there is no valid EPC for your property, you will need to get a new one. An EPC report is valid for 10 years and we have assessors all over the country who can complete the EPC report for you – all at a fixed cost depending on the number of bedrooms – you can find more details on our residential EPC services by clicking here.

Once you have established your EPC rating – this will determine whether or not you need to take any action. So, should the number on the EPC report be 38 or less (i.e. Band F or G) then you will need to improve the energy efficiency of the property in question. If the rating is 39 or more (so band E or better) then you don’t need to do anything else to meet the legislation.

So, should you be in a position where you need to improve the energy efficiency of the property, which energy improvements will give you the biggest bang for your buck?

1. The biggest bang for your buck comes from updating an old heating system – it is pretty easy to gain a double digit improvement by installing a modern heating system. That means new storage heaters or a new condensing gas boiler. Most new boilers come with a 10 years warranty if you opt for a decent make like Worcester Bosch or Valliant – so opt for one of these if funds allow.

2. Swap all the lighting in the property for LED bulbs – this is really cheap to do since an LED bulb can cost as little as £1 now, but should you be hovering on an EPC score of 37 or 38 then it might just get you to a Band E (39 points).

3. Loft insulation is a really easy DIY job. Even if you buy the insulation online, the material prices will work out at just £5-10 per m2. This again can make significant improvements on your EPC score.  It is worth mentioning though if you already have 150mm or more of loft insulation then adding an extra layer of insulation won’t really bring the rating up that much. If you have less than 100mm of loft insulation then this should definitely be considered.

4. There are still a few grants floating around for energy improvements so you can essentially get them installed for free. This is because the Government are very keen for overall energy demand to drop – so our advice here is get cavity wall insulation if possible. This is normally fully funded by ECO funding, and is a quick and easy way to boost the EPC rating on the property – again you can get double digit increases in the EPC rating if you can get this done.

5. The last suggestion might seem a bit strange, but get a decent company in to carry out the EPC survey. A decent surveyor will be able to input specific details about your property giving you potentially a higher rating. For example – did you ever put insulation under the floor, or insulate one particular wall? While most assessors will ignore this, a decent surveyor will be able to enter this detail into the Government approved software which will therefore give a more accurate (and normally higher) energy rating.

If you are interested in getting an EPC carried out on your property, or you would like London-EPC to help improve the energy efficiency of your property portfolio please get in touch. We work with TheGreenAge, which has a network of qualified installers up and down the country all approved and ready to provide quotes for energy improvement works.

Getting an office EPC: What you need to know

Commercial EPCs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes – from small shops to huge warehouses and everything in between. In this blog, we are going to take a look at how office EPCs differ from the norm, and some for the things you need to bear in mind.

Multiple occupancy and office EPCs

Offices, more than any other type of commercial property, tend to have multiple tenants in a building. You could have 10 different companies operating over 10 floors, for example. When organising your EPC, it is really important to decide what parts of the building need the EPC – do all the floors need to be included, or can you just do the EPC on the floor being sold/let? This is something you can discuss with our team over the phone, as it really depends on the purpose of the EPC and the way the building is laid out.

Access is key for an office EPC

The other issue with multiple occupancy properties like this is the question of access. There have been a few times where we visit an office building at the request of the landlord, only to find that some of the companies have not been informed and cannot provide access to their floor/area. This may mean that the EPC cannot be completed, so ensure that all parts of the property are accessible for the assessor.

This goes for things like the boiler room and air handling units as well. The boiler room may not be accessible for the tenant, so alternative access may be required. The air handling units are often located on the roof, so make sure that the roof is accessible if this is the case.

What rating should you expect with an office EPC?

Offices use a lot of heating and cooling, as well as lighting on a day to day basis. They have a high occupancy, which means they use a lot of space heating and cooling to get the occupants comfortable. If you have efficient lighting, a modern heating and conditioning system, and some insulation present, then you can expect a good rating on the EPC. Usually the easiest way to improve the rating is to add LED lighting in the property, as lighting is used very often in an office environment and the software accounts for this.

How much do office EPCs cost?

This will vary by the size of the office. The best way to get a quote and a great price is to send any plans you have for the building to us – we can then get a very clear idea of what will be involved in the EPC. Prices start at £120 for a small office floor, with some larger office blocks costing several hundred pounds.

How do I get an A on a commercial EPC?

We have looked at how to get an A on a domestic property, but now we take a look at commercial buildings and how to get the energy rating up here.

Typical A-rated property

To give you some idea of a commercial property that reaches an A, you will need the following as a minimum:

  • Current building standard levels of insulation in the walls, roof and floor.
  • Current building standard windows and doors.
  • Documentation proving all of the above meet these criteria, preferably with u-value calculations.
  • Modern heating system with heating controls.
  • LED or equivalent lighting, ideally with a lighting design for the building identifying the wattage and lux values for each space.
  • Some renewable energy installation. The size will be relative to the size of the building.

Getting an A on a commercial property is fairly standard for a new build – it is what’s expected. Retrofitting a property to these levels is going to be very expensive, however.

New Builds and A Ratings

In order to pass their Part L sign off, a new build has to meet some very high energy efficiency standards. We regularly carry out Part L surveys for new builds and can tell you that passing this is pretty much equivalent to getting an A rating. Even where the building regulations have been followed precisely, there are times when we have to go back and forth with the client trying to add every detail into the software in order to get over the line and reach that A rating.

In order to retrofit a building up to these standards, you are going to have to make some very big increases in insulation as well as changes to the heating and lighting in many cases. Solar or wind is going to be required as well, and probably fairly significantly to make up for any areas that cannot be upgraded elsewhere.

Recommendations Report

Just like with a domestic property, we can produce a recommendations report to let you know exactly what you need to do to reach your desired efficiency levels. Because commercial properties are a little more involved, we can produce a more in depth report for you with various scenarios analysed and costed to give you the best path to efficiency.

Is it worth getting a higher rating?

Whilst it is admirable to strive for better energy performance, and savings are likely to be made in many places, you will need to carefully consider how you want to go about any upgrade work. There are several approaches: you can take a purely economic view and only make upgrades that pay for themselves in a given payback period, you could go beyond this and make upgrades that may not payback quickly but will befit the company or building in other ways, such as PR for example, or you could make wholesale changes to the building and incorporate energy saving measures as part of a larger project, making the payback better than with specific standalone upgrades. Again, this can be discussed with an assessor as part of a recommendations report survey.

How can I get an A rating on my domestic EPC?

Getting an A on your EPC is incredibly difficult, and may even be impossible for some properties. In this blog, we want to give you an idea of what it takes to get an A rating on a domestic property, and what, if anything, you can do to get your home near that level.

The average UK rating

The typical property in the UK is rated at around 60, which comes out to a D rating. A B rating requires a score of 81, whilst an A needs 92. New build properties hitting the market today should be up at the A level or just below at B. Most older properties will be much lower than this.

Improving the rating with documentation

If you have an existing property with a low rating, it is sometimes possible that the existing EPC has used some default values in the calculations. This usually happens when an EPC is carried out quickly and with little communication or disinterest from the client. If model numbers and insulation values can be added to the report, then the rating is likely to go up, in some cases by large margins. To add this information, documentation proving what has been installed needs to be made available to the assessor.

Renewable technology

Whilst insulation and model numbers are likely to get you up to a better rating, in order to get the very best ratings there is very little room for poor performance. The following will need to be in place as a starting point to get to the very highest rating:

  • High thicknesses of insulation throughout the property, in the roof, walls and floor. This is essential, and the levels will need to likely surpass even the most stringent building regulations.
  • High performance heating system – you will need either a modern condensing gas boiler with a good control system, or a renewable heating system if you are off grid.
  • Windows will need to be modern double or triple glazing.

All this is likely to get you up to a B rating, if fully installed and documented throughout the building. To get up to an A, you are likely going to need some renewable energy generation – this means solar or wind energy in practicality. If you live in a rural area then wind might be a good option, but for the majority of people solar is the best way to product your own electricity.

Can your EPC go over 100?

In theory, the EPC scale goes up above 100. In practice, there are probably only a handful of properties in the whole of the UK that achieve this sort of rating. They would require considerable renewable generation, creating more energy than the building itself requires to run

Get a recommendations report

If you are in any doubt as to whether the improvements are going to be enough to get to the required rating, you can always get an energy assessor out to carry out an EPC without lodging the resulting report. The information gathered can then be used to work out exactly what is required to get to the desired rating.

What happens as part of an EPC visit?

EPCs are rated on a scale from A to G, with a numerical figure from 0-upwards used to refine the rating further. It can seem a little mysterious how one building can get a C rating or another can get an E rating, when on the face of it the buildings might not look that different. In this blog, we want to try and give you a better idea of what actually goes towards the rating, and what is not considered at all.

Common Misconceptions about EPCs

There are several things that many customers think are part of the EPC process, but in fact are not considered at all. Let’s take you though some of the common ones and dispel any myths:

  • Meter Readings – The assessor will want to see your gas and electric meters during the course of the visit, but this is simply to get a photo which can be requested during any subsequent audit. The photos will be used to confirm that the property has a gas and electric supply, and what type of meter you have. Readings are not taken or used in any way.
  • Energy Bills – Your gas and electric usage is not considered in any way. The EPC is purely interested in the building itself, not how you use the property. You may pay as little as £10 a month or as much as £500 a month but this will not have any impact on the rating at all.
  • Portable/Unfixed Heaters – If you use portable electric or gas heaters, these are not usually considered in the EPC. This is because they can be easily removed from the property and don’t form a permanent part of the dwelling.
  • Furnishings, curtains, carpets and other decorations – There are some furnishings that can have energy saving properties; for example door draught excluders, carpets and curtains. These are not considered as part of the survey and will have no bearing on the final rating.
  • Boilers – The only thing the assessor is looking for when viewing the boiler is the model number and make. The assessor is not a qualified gas engineer and so won’t do anything to the boiler itself except take a few photos and check the boiler plate for the details. Which leads on to our next point…
  • Invasive measurements or testing – The EPC is defined as a non-invasive survey, and that means that anything which cannot be seen from a visual inspection can not be included in the EPC unless documentary evidence is available. The assessor will not drill any holes or otherwise disturb the building.
  • Customer Knowledge – Although it can be very useful to get information on access and finding various features in the building, the assessor cannot take hearsay and customer knowledge into account when assessing the property. This is because there needs to be visual or documentary evidence to be able to include certain details in the EPC. For example, the customer might indicate that the property was built with insulation in the roof, but if the assessor cannot get into the roof space to confirm this, and there is no documentation left behind by the builder, then ‘as built’ is entered in the software and the EPC will assume defaults based on the age of the building.

Away from the actual visit, there are also some other misconceptions surrounding the EPC itself, lets cover some of those as well:

  • A common misconception for landlords is that an electrical safety inspection is sufficient and that an EPC is not required. This is incorrect – an EPC is always required if you are letting out your property, or if you are selling it.
  • EPCs required at each sale – An EPC is valid for 10 years however many times you sell or let the property. There may be certain situations where the EPC becomes invalid, usually due to modifications to the property or changes to the areas that are being let, but generally if a property has an EPC dated within the last 10 years you will not need a new one for sales and lettings. If you are getting the EPC for feed in tariff or RHI payments, or for other funding measures, then there are different criteria and you may need a new EPC.
  • The EPC is a formality – For the moment, there are no penalties for getting a low grade on your EPC, but from April 2018, the government will relondquire all new rental leases to have an EPC E rating or better. This is big news as there are many properties not meeting this minimum rating, so don’t see your EPC as a formality, especially if you are planning to let the property.
  • You can get an EPC for £30 – You see some ads online for cheap EPCs at a rate of £30 or less in some places. These are usually misleading or inaccurate. To get an EPC at this low price, many corners need to be cut to make it viable, and that means the end rating is going to be a poor reflection of the building, and you could end up with an EPC that doesn’t meet the standard you need. We recommend getting a quality EPC assessor – our EPC assessors are registered low carbon consultants with CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) for example, with our prices ranging depending on the size of the property and the work involved. You get what you pay for!

Top 10 tips for improving your commercial EPC rating

We have already taken a look at the key ways to improve your domestic EPC. Commercial EPCs still have quite a few of the same components, but there is a larger variety of properties out there, and many more ways to improve your rating. Here are some of our top tips:

  1. Ensure your lighting is energy efficient. Lighting makes a much bigger difference to a commercial rating compared to a domestic certificate and making sure you optimise your lighting is key. For larger properties, you may want to get a full lighting design carried out, as this will improve the rating further.
  2. Use efficient heating. The heating system is important for office spaces and retail units. Ensure that you have an efficient AC unit if it is being used as the primary heating system. If you have no heating or just electric heaters, consider getting a more efficient heating system
  3. Install a hot water heater. It may be a quirk of the system, but a property with no hot water heating is going to perform poorly compared to one with a simple electric point of use water heater. If you have a small workshop or shop with no hot water, get a small electric single point of use heater to boost your rating.
  4. Insulate your walls. When carrying out a refit or refurbishment, you should look at adding internal insulation for solid brick or metal clad properties. If you have a cavity wall property, chances are that there is no insulation in the walls, as there have never been any grants or subsidies for this sort of work in the commercial setting. This is an easy win for your energy rating.
  5. Insulate your roof. In commercial property, particularly warehouses and industrial buildings, the roof can be particularly poorly insulated. If possible, look at adding some basic insulation to help improve performance.
  6. Lighting Controls. A nice relatively cheap and easy improvement that can be installed when upgrading your lighting is to add some occupancy sensing for your lighting to reduce the amount of wasted energy lighting unused space. There are lots of lighting control options out there and variations on a theme, but it is a good way to cut your lighting costs and give the EPC rating a little boost.
  7. Heating controls. Heating controls are usually poor to non-existent in commercial properties. Install some thermostatic controls, particularly ones that can be zoned.
  8. Get some renewables for your business. Renewable energy can be great for businesses. Because energy is used more consistently and at known times, you can be much more precise about the return on investment and payback period. Solar for example, is great for an office, because the peak hours of use coincide with the peak hours of electricity generation. CHP and biomass can also make great investments with generous Renewable Heat Incentive payments
  9. Provide documentation. This is absolutely key to get the best rating. Ensure that any improvement works have appropriate documentation in order for the assessor to include them in the EPC. If the improvement can’t be seen, or the model number not readily available, then it cannot be included in the certificate. Try to ensure things like u-values, model numbers, air tightness, extraction rates etc are available wherever possible.
  10. Liaise with your assessor to create a predictive EPC prior to carrying out your refurbishment work. By getting your assessor out to look at various improvement options, you can maximise the final rating at the end of the works. Plus you can work out the most cost effective improvement options.

When don’t you need an EPC?

There are some properties that are exempted from having an EPC. In this blog we are going to take a look at some of these properties and find out if your property is exempt.

The first thing to say is that the vast majority of properties will require an EPC. These exemptions are pretty rare and even if they do apply, many mortgage providers and other institutions will insist on an EPC being carried out anyway.

Listed Properties

If you have a listed property it will not need an EPC in order to be sold. Listed properties tend to have very unusual construction types and would have to be altered dramatically to meet modern standards for energy efficiency. This is obviously not very desirable for a property which should not be significantly altered in order to preserve it; it is therefore not necessary to have an EPC carried out.

There is nothing stopping you from getting an EPC however, as in some cases it could still be useful. Properties are listed for any number of reasons – not all are 15th century cottages. It is perfectly possible to improve some of these buildings without detracting from their heritage status.

Temporary Buildings of 2 Years or Less

If a building is designed to be used for less than 2 years, then an EPC is not necessary. It is very unusual for a temporary building to be bought or sold however, so this is unlikely to come up very much. There is a slight grey area where temporary buildings become permanent. There are plenty of instances where a temporary structure has hung around for several years and should probably therefore be considered as a permanent building.

Places of Worship

If the main purpose of a building is as a place of worship then it will not require an EPC. Church halls and other peripheral buildings may need an EPC however if there is another use – many church halls are used for nurseries for example and would need an EPC when being sold or let. This is somewhat understandable because many religious buildings are old and of non-standard construction, making it very difficult to improve their energy efficiency.

Industrial sites, Workshops and Agricultural Buildings

There are some exemptions for industrial buildings that use very little energy to condition. The important part to note here is that an EPC does not consider energy used in industrial processes. You can have an industrial building that uses loads of electricity but is not conditioned in any way, because the EPC does not consider this process energy it will not show this in the final EPC.

You should be very careful to write off a property as exempt in this situation however. There are a lot of grey areas which can complicate the situation so make sure your property is exempt or you could end up with a fine.

Small Detached Buildings

Any small detached building less than 50 square meters in area is exempt from EPCs. It is important to note the word ‘detached’ here; if the building is adjoining any other then it will not be exempt.

Buildings due to be Demolished

A building due for demolition with all the relevant permissions in place will not need an EPC. This is obviously very sensible as the energy performance of a building due to be demolished is completely irrelevant. Having said that, we have carried out EPCs on these types of buildings simply due to bank red tape before, so whilst there is no government legislation requiring them, other institutions may do.

Vacant Buildings

If a property is classed as in vacant possession, or it is vacant and due to be demolished, then it should not need an EPC.

Feed in Tariff, ECO and Grant Applications

The exception to all the above exemptions is where someone is applying for a government grant like the Feed In Tariff, RHI or an ECO grant. In these circumstances an EPC will be required irrespective if the building is a place of worship, listed or any other of the above. This is because the payment made under these schemes is dependent on the energy performance of the building.

You may also get requests for an EPC from other institutions like a bank or mortgage provider. If they require an EPC then this is up to them, so you may need to get one done even if one of the above applies.

But don’t worry, the EPC is really straight-forward and relatively cheap to do. Just give us a call and book yours in!

Is your EPC certificate about to expire?

Over the last 10 years, EPCs have done a lot to encourage the take-up of measures that save money on bills and help reduce carbon emissions. Energy Performance Certificates were introduced in August 2007 to measure the efficiency of the UK’s housing stock. They give the property a rating based on the effectiveness of its insulation, heating systems and draught proofing.

Is your EPC certificate more than 10 years old?

EPCs are valid for 10 years. This means that if you were one of the first people to get one when they were first introduced, yours may have expired. Make sure you check the date on your EPC!

When should you get a new EPC?

  • If you’re a landlord, you are already legally obliged to have a current EPC to show to prospective tenants. However, it is now more important than ever that you have a valid EPC for each of your properties. New Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), will mean huge fines for landlords if their properties are not up to scratch. As of April 2018, penalties of up to £10,000 will be handed out for each property with a rating of ‘E’ or below.
  • It’s not just the fear factor that should encourage landlords to get an EPC, however – prospective tenants are taking more notice of EPC reports these days, when they come to shop around.
  • If your EPC is still valid, but since the survey you have made significant changes to your home, it could be worth getting a new one to reflect the changes – your rating could well go up.

If you’re a homeowner, an EPC is not obligatory, but could be helpful to let you know where you could be saving on your bills – and if you come to sell in the future, an energy efficient home will be more attractive.

Get an EPC survey

In many cases, our surveyors can be with you as soon as the next day, making sure you don’t have to wait if you suddenly realise your EPC is no longer valid. If you’re a landlord, book in now to give yourself a chance to improve your property in time for the new standards introduced next spring.

Give us a call on 0208 819 2166 or email epc@london-epc.co.uk to book an EPC survey, or if you have any questions! 

How to Carry out a Domestic EPC

There isn’t a great deal of understanding as to what actually constitutes the surveying process of an EPC (outside of the surveyors themselves, of course). What can you expect the surveyor do when he gets to your house? How does the process work? In this blog and accompanying video, we are going to show you exactly what is measured and what evidence is gathered – not in enough detail for you to do it yourself, but just enough so that you understand what is going to go on during the visit!

Checking your loft insulation

The assessor will do a quick head-and-shoulders inspection of your loft, if it is accessible. The depth of the insulation will be measured, and the type of party wall between you and any neighbouring property will be checked. Access to the loft is really important if you want a good rating, because the assessor can only input what he can see and take evidence of.

Wall thickness, type and insulation

The type of walls your property has is very important. Solid walls and cavity walls differ greatly in terms of their insulating value, and will therefore impact on the energy rating. The assessor will measure the thickness of the walls, and check for any insulation that is present.

Checking the model of your heating system

If you have electric heating, a model number is not required; the assessor will just check what rooms are heated and the general type of heater you have. If you have a boiler or a heat pump, the exact model of the boiler will be useful to give a more accurate rating. The assessor will also look to see whether you have a thermostat, a programmer, thermostatic valves, and any other heating controls that may be present.

Your hot water heating

Hot water heating may come directly from your combi boiler, for instance, in which case this will not be relevant to you. If you have a hot water cylinder however, then the surveyor will check its capacity and the insulation present.

Your windows

The type of window you have – for example, single, double or triple glazing – and the age of the windows will be checked. With double glazing, the width of the gap between the window panes may also be measured. With single glazing, the draught-proofing present is checked as well.

Lighting

The number of lights in the property and the number of energy efficient lights are checked.

Your bathrooms

The assessor will add up the number of rooms in the property classified as ‘habitable’, excluding rooms like utility rooms and small kitchens. They also add up the number of bathrooms present and the number of showers and baths.

Renewable technology

If you have any solar panels, solar thermal, wind turbine or any other type of renewable electricity or heat generation, then this will need to be considered as well. The size of the system is the main concern here.

Creating a floor plan

Once all this evidence has been gathered, the assessor will then create a simple floor plan of the property to work out the area of the property and the amount of heat loss and partition walls. This is much more basic than the floor plans typically carried out by an estate agent, and it is kept in a draft form only for the purpose of calculations. We often get asked if we can produce floor plans for the client as well as the EPC; this would add an additional cost, simply because it is beyond the remit of the EPC and these basic sketches.

Photographic evidence

As the surveyor goes around the property, they will need to take multiple photos to gather evidence to support why they are entering certain values into the software. This is because a percentage of the work carried out by EPC assessors is audited by our accreditation body, and it is essential the surveyor can justify why they have entered a certain value.

Documentary evidence

If there are things you have installed, like wall insulation, room-in-roof insulation, or floor insulation for example, that are not easily able to be measured on the day, the surveyor will need to see documentation showing exactly what has been installed. If this is not available, the benefits of this insulation will not be included in the final EPC, as the assessor has to be able to show it is present during an audit.

Producing your EPC

Following this visit, your EPC is created using all the measurements and evidence gathered on site. This is usually done back in the office and you will get your EPC within 48 hours in most cases. If you have any questions about how an EPC works or what is involved in the survey, just let us know! This blog covers some of the most basic parts of the survey which is usually required in every home, but there are various additional items that need to be recorded, depending on the home in question. Every home is a little different!