An EPC, or Energy Performance Certificate, gives detailed information about a property’s energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions. This is important for architects, project managers and landlords as there are specific required standards and minimum efficiency values that have to be met.
To receive an EPC, you must have an Energy Assessment Survey carried out at your property and the inspection will determine how energy efficient the building is and outline what level is achievable if improvements are made.
Recent changes to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for England and Wales stipulate that all rental properties will need an EPC rating of ‘C’ or above by 2025. This has been raised from the 2018 regulation that required a minimum rating of ‘E’.
Specifically for landlords, an EPC must be renewed if you intend on letting to a new tenant or wish to sell the property.
The penalty for not having an up to date and valid EPC has also been raised from £5,000 to £30,000. The regulations have been amended in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions as part of the government target to be net-zero by 2050.
How we can help with energy efficiency
Windows are an important aspect of the Energy Assessment Survey as assessors will suggest installing draught-proofing windows and doors and energy efficient glazing if your property does not adhere to the required criteria.
Another way to improve the energy efficiency of your property or building is to switch to aluminium windows, in combination with energy efficient glazing.
Modern aluminium windows have a wealth of energy-saving benefits that start with their composition. The thermal break technology that separates the inside and outside of the window frame has been carefully designed to help insulate and retain heat, and stops condensation from forming.
This, in combination with modern double-glazed units, provides a thermally sound window system. The selection of energy efficient glazing in today’s industry means that further thermal efficiency improvements can be made.
Window Energy Ratings (WER) are based on a scale of E to A++ and analyse the energy efficiency of the window in terms of heat transfer. A++ is the most efficient value, and the standards were implemented to provide reassurance for installers, contractors and homeowners that the product will help insulate the property or building.
Our team of experts are on hand to recommend the best product to suit your energy efficiency needs. Additionally, we can answer any questions on problematic projects that you may face, including logistical obstacles and product specification.
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