You've found this website because you're searching for an Assessor to prepare an EPC on your home or on a business property that you own (or in some instances which you lease).
You've done your research or your agent has told you that you need to provide them with a valid EPC as soon as possible so that they can get the marketing of your property underway. At the moment you're trying to find out what an EPC entails and how much it'll cost. Perhaps you need to confirm if an EPC is actually required under the current Regulations. Let's see if we can help you.....
First, you need an Energy Assessor who holds the appropriate qualification and is accredited with one of the Accreditation Schemes. These schemes audit the work of Assessors and also ensure that we meet the annual requirements for professional development, keeping up to date with changing regulations & methods. They are also on hand to deal with complaints and disputes should that become necessary. You can confirm an Assessors domestic (DEA) or commercial or Non Domestic (NDEA) accreditation on the government contracted Landmark website.
Once you've identified your preferred Assessor(s) you'll need to provide them with answers to a few basic questions :-
Assessors should fill in the gaps where you aren't able to answer these questions. If they don't they're not checking that your building actually needs an EPC.
Only once your Assessor knows about your building can a quotation be prepared. It's obvious that every Commercial property is different. The structure and layout obviously, but also the heating, cooling, ventilation systems, lighting. These all have to be factored in to the assessment (data gathering) and to the reporting (calculation) process, and therefore influence the price quoted which should be a true reflection of the building for assessment. At this point we may discuss with you if an EPC is required or not!
Once you have the quote and have instructed your assessor then you'll need to give access for the assessment to take place. The time needed for the assessment visit will vary from an hour or two for something like a small shop to a couple of full days for a large building such as a school or old office building. Every room will need to be accessed, measured, drawn up on a floor plan and data gathered regarding windows and doors, heating, cooling and ventilation and other services such as lighting & controls, hot water systems, boilers & heating controls, etc.
Once the assessment visit is complete then the Assessor will retreat back to the office to start inputting the data to specialist software that will make the calculations and generate the report. When the data is all loaded and the calculations have been completed, only then can the EPC be uploaded to the Landmark Registry where it will be stored and visible to be viewed by 'authorised persons'. Subject to conditions you can request that an EPC is made not visible.
At this point your assessor should forward copies of the EPC & Recommendations Report (or a link) to your Agent, Solicitor or yourself as per your instructions. Depending upon payment terms chosen by you, you'll also receive your (receipted) invoice. Remember to ask your Assessor any questions regarding the whole process or the report outcomes.
If your property is to be marketed for sale or let you should now give any interested party a copy of both the EPC and the Recommendations Report (they must always be provided together) for them to read. You are not allowed to charge for making the reports available. If marketing started before the EPC was available then remember to provide copies to anyone who has already had other details of the property. The EPC rating achieved by the property should also be stated on any published details (online or printed).
To clarify any points made here do call us
on 07092 351935 (charges may apply).