Check if you already have an EPC, they are valid for 10 years.

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Check if you need to have the EPC done

EPCs are valid for 10 years.  If you have an EPC already then you do not need to commission another one.  If you bought the property after 2007 you should have an EPC already - check any Home Information Pack you might have.  If you are unsure if there is already an EPC on your property you can check on the EPC Register by entering your Postcode (Read the Lost EPC section on our Useful Facts and Links page which explains how)

If you have upgraded the property you may still choose to have the EPC done again to obtain an improved rating.  Examples of improvements that can improve your rating are Insulation to the roof, walls, floor and hot water tank, upgraded heating systems (for example a new Condensing Boiler or Thermostats on the radiator), double glazing or photovoltaic cells.  Beware - some 'improvements' can have a detrimental impact on your EPC rating, for example taking out old storage heaters and putting in electric panel heaters will reduce your rating substantially.  You may wish to seek independent advise before starting changes. 

If you are in the process of making improvements wait until these are completed before requesting the survey. 

Check which Version of an EPC you Require

There are different versions of an EPC depending on the property.  A full SAP EPC is required for newly built domestic properties and properties newly converted for domestic use.  Existing properties need an RdSAP EPC which will be cheaper to obtain.  Non domestic properties, require a commercial EPC and these will have a sliding scale of costs depending on the size and complexity of the building.

For example, a shop with an existing self contained flat above it will require 2 EPCs, an RdSAP domestic EPC for the Flat and a commercial EPC for the shop.

Bristol Idea provide RdSAP EPCs for existing domestic properties.

Before the EPC visit :

The Domestic Energy Assessor will contact you to arrange a convenient time to visit your property.  The DEA is an accredited person qualified to gather the information required to produce your EPC.

You should :
  • Warn occupants about the visit.  The DEA will need access to all rooms.
  • If you have a pet that might be upset by the visit please arrange for it to be elsewhere.
  • Hunt out any documentation you have to support any alterations  Cavity Wall Insulation Drill Holes  made to the property This documentation can provide evidence of dates that will improve your rating. Improvements include :
  • Extensions to the property
  • Insulation not visible e.g. Cavity Wall Insulation
  • Double glazing (particularly from 2002 onwards)
  • The manual for the boiler is useful  too
This will be particularly important after April 2018 and if you are renting out a property (The EPC will need to achieve a Band E and the most up to date information may help you reach a higher Band)
  • If you have low energy light bulbs to hand then put them in before the DEA arrives.  It's a simple way to improve your rating.  The Energy Assessor will only look at the fixed fittings in the ceiling or on the walls and not at any plug in lamps you might have.
  • If your loft has fixed boarding then this will need to be lifted to allow the Energy Assessor to measure the loft insulation that is underneath otherwise a default will be assumed that will be the insulation that was required in the Building Regulations at the time the property was built (for older properties that will be 'None' and for more recent properties the regulations have required increasingly thick insulation).  You will not need to lift the boarding if you have a certificate showing what insulation has been installed.

Owner's DEA Visit Checklist

During the EPC visit :

The DEA always carries their identity card.  Ensure that they show it to you.  The DEA will look at the age, construction and size of the property.  They will take measurements and photographs.  The DEA will need to visit every room, gain access to the rear of the property, the loft and the cellars and take a look at the gas and electric meters.

They will also take payment at the end of the visit.  Either cash or a cheque, made payable to Bristol Idea Limited, is the preferred method of payment.  Bank transfers are also available, details for payment will be provided in an Invoice.

After the EPC visit :

The information will be entered into the Landmark Register.  A copy of the EPC will be emailed to you and a printed copy will be sent through the post.

Should you have any problem at any stage then please contact us so that we can resolve it with you.  Contact details are on our Contact Form and the receipt/invoice you received with your EPC.  Alternatively you may contact our accreditation scheme, just click the Elmhurst Logo on the EPC Bristol page.

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Updated by Wendy on 12 October 2017