An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a report that assesses the energy efficiency of a property and recommends specific ways in which the efficiency of your property could be improved.
If you do not have a copy of an EPC for your property, you may be able to access a copy online, if one already exists. If you are in England or Wales, you can enter your postcode into the Landmark register.
An EPC reference number is required as part of the application process for the Solar PV Feed in Tariff (FIT) and the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
The EPC is used to:
The heat demand figure is only included in EPCs for dwellings. A non-domestic EPC would not show this figure and therefore could not be used to work out RHI payments using the deeming methodology. Your EPC must include a heat demand figure (some older EPCs don’t have this). If yours doesn’t, you will need to get one that does.
An EPC is produced whenever a Green Deal assessment is carried out. Therefore if your property is already adequately insulated, you will only need the EPC that is provided in the Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR). However, if your EPC states that either loft or cavity wall insulation are required you must get an assessor to produce a second EPC after installing the insulation to prove that you have done this.
The Green Deal Assessment requirement applies to everyone except custom-builders with eligible new-builds, Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and Local Authorities.
CJ Eco can arrange for your EPC and Green Deal Assessment to be carried out which will confirm if you will qualify for the higher FIT rate or whether improvements are required to you home prior to claiming the RHI.