What is an EPC

6th March 2019

Get an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate): An EPC is a lawful document required by law in Northern Ireland for any property owner renting or selling a property. It has to be on display prior to the property advertised or marketed. In short, it is the first task to be carried out before selling or renting a property. The certificate contains important information about the property’s energy usage and the average cost of energy. Accordingly, a rating is allotted with an A given for highly efficient and G being the rating for the least efficient.

EPC calculation is carried out on the basis of standard occupancy. This makes it possible to compare the efficiency of the property with any other property. Consequently, those planning to rent or buy the property can compare carbon emissions, utility costs and energy efficiency before they rent or buy the place.

Low cost: Installing low energy lighting or using Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs).

Higher Cost: Old boiler mechanisms are changed and replaced with state-of-the-art modern boilers or getting wall cavities insulated for better energy conservation.

Additional measures: Getting solar or photovoltaic panels or a wind turbine installed on the roof of the property to lower utility costs of the property.

When the EPC is carried out it displays two results, the rating at present and the prospective rating of the property. The figure for the prospective rating is reached by the calculation of potential energy and Carmon emissions reduction if the right energy measures are adopted.