Since October 2008 it has been a legal requirement in the UK that all rented residential properties need an EPC prior to the property being rented or marketd for sale. What is an EPC? – An EPC rates the property’s efficiency and the environmental impact it has by calculating the amount of CO2 produced. It is part of the European Union Directive 2002/91/EC relating to the energy performance of buildings, and is essentially to indicate the energy usage of the property. An EPC rating is measured from a scale A to a G, (A being the highest and most efficient). The way to get a better energy rating is to ensure your property has the most up-to-date energy saving solutions: including cavity wall insulation; loft insulation; double glazing; energy saving light bulbs etc. Usually tenants will feel more inclined to rent a property with better energy ratings.
What is a Commercial EPC? – A Commercial EPC rates a commercial property’s efficiency and its environmental impact. This is based on the amount of CO2 produced by the building. This is all part of the European Union Directive 2002/91/EC relating to the energy performance of buildings. A Commercial EPC rating is measured from an A to a G (A being the highest). The way to get a better energy rating is to ensure that the property has the most up-to-date energy saving solutions. Usually buyers and renters will feel more inclined to purchase or rent a buliding with better energy ratings.©LandlordZONE® – legal content applies primarily to England and is not a definitive statement of the law, always seek professional advice.