An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) gives a potential buyer or tenant key information about how energy efficient a property is, how it can be improved and how much money this might save.
Why do I need an Energy Performance Certificate?
If you’re selling or letting your house, then you are legally required to have an EPC in place, or have commissioned the energy performance certificate, when your home is placed on the market. Our trained staff at Alasdair Morrison & Partners can arrange an EPC for you, quickly and efficiently as part of our homeselling service.
What is an Energy Performance Certificate?
EPCs grade the current energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions of the property with the potential figures that a home could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions would be if energy saving measures were to be put in place.
The rating measures the energy and carbon emission efficiency of a given property, using grades from ‘A’ to ‘G’ with ‘A’ being the most efficient and ‘G’ the least efficient. All homes are measured using the same calculations (standard assumptions of use and fuel costs), in order that you can compare the energy efficiency of different properties.
The detailed recommendation report shows what you could do to help reduce the amount of energy you use and your carbon dioxide emissions. The report lists suggested improvements like fitting loft insulation, double glazing or wall insulation, and gives the possible cost savings per year if the improvements are made. It also shows how the recommendations would change the energy and carbon emission rating of the property.
Commissioning an Energy Performance Certificate
EPCs are undertaken by Energy Assessors, who are also RICS qualified surveyors, and in our opinion, the best qualified individuals available for this task.
– Schedules of Condition
These record the condition of the property at the commencement of a lease and avoids getting into mid term or end of tenancy disputes. We will survey the property and provide a comprehensive schedule including detailed photographs.
– Schedules of Dilapidation
At the end of a lease a Schedule of Dilapidation is drawn up giving details of any repairs and maintenance items which remain outstanding and any unauthorised work which needs to be reverted. We will examine the lease and other paperwork and record any tenant’s obligations which have not been fulfilled.
Approximate costings can also be provided upon request. The Schedule forms a basis for negotiating a successful settlement.
– Expert Witness
The primary function of an expert witness is to express an independent expert opinion on the property-related information requested by the client, for the benefit of the Court or tribunal.
As RICS qualified Surveyors acting as an expert witness, our surveyor is bound by the Civil Procedures rules and will conform to the requirements of the RICS Practice Statement for Surveyors Acting as Expert Witnesses.
More information about our Expert Witness services can be found here.