What is an EPC?

The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2002/91/EC (EPBD) was passed into law by the European Parliament in December 2002 and adopted by the 25 Member States, including the UK, in January 2003.

The main aim of the Directive is to promote the improvement of Energy Performance of buildings and it is left to each member state to develop a framework for Energy Performance calculation.

The European Commission's Directive* on The Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD) aims to promote improved energy efficiency through Energy Performance Certificates.

All residential buildings in Northern Ireland are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) before they can be marketed for sale or rent.

This means that every property brochure must either carry all five pages of the certificate, or reproduce the colour graphs showing the energy assessment and Carbon Dioxide (Co2) impact.

*European Performance of Buildings Directive 2002/91/EC (EPBD)

Where can we get an EPC?

At Independent Property Estates we provide a fully qualified energy assessor as part of our Estate Agency service.

Contact us on 02891 450000 or email: info@ipestates.co.uk to arrange an appointment now!

How is an EPC Calculated?

For an assessment to be made a visit to the property is required - except for new build which is calculated from plans.

At that point our Assessors will need to conduct a full survey of the property and will be recording specific details to input into our unique software used to calculate the energy rating.

The detail required will include:

  • The age of the property
  • The floor area
  • The length of the external heat loss perimeter wall
  • The thickness of the walls
  • Cavity wall insulation and type
  • Roofspace insulation and depth
  • Make, model and age of central heating boiler
  • Type of central heating boiler and flue
  • Method of heat radiation (radiators, under floor etc.)
  • Number of Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs)
  • Number of fireplaces
  • Form of any other secondary heating
  • Type of windows
  • Type, age and extent of double glazing (if any)
  • Number of low energy light fittings

How you can help us?

Our assessors will do all they can to be on time and will complete the assessment professionally, accurately and honestly

To help with this objective it would help if you could:

Have any guarantees, warranties or invoices to hand for any energy saving installations including central heating boiler, double glazing, cavity wall insulation etc.

Kindly make sure all pets are locked away in an ‘out house', car or off the premises.

Again kindly make sure that there is an adult at the premises for the duration of the inspection. Our Assessors will not be able to carry out or complete the survey unless that is the case (unless we have written prior authority from parents and the child agrees).

Please make sure you have not left money or jewellery on display and if there is anything that could be easily broken, please put it away

Please make sure all parts of the property are unlocked and accessible including basements and attic spaces.

Things You Should Know

Our assessors will complete their assessment in a professional and efficient manner, the ultimate objective being accuracy not speed.

Our assessors have a well practiced routine to follow so that all information is recorded efficiently.  This will mean getting access to all parts of the property.

The average UK rating of a domestic property is ‘E' on the A-G scale.  Please do not be concerned if your property does not reach the rating you expected as this depends on many factors - including the age of the property, type and age of boiler, insulation thickness etc

Your EPC will be sent to you by your chosen method (postal or electronically) once the calculations have been completed

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