Energy Performance Certificate IP17 / IP17 Energy Performance Certificate
Energy Performance Certificate’s give information on how to make your property more energy efficient and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. All homes sold or rented in IP17 require an Energy Performance Certificate (presently valid for ten years).
Energy Performance Certificate’s carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions with potential figures that your property could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions would be if energy saving measures were put in. We cover IP17 and will visit the property and conduct a full and thorough assessment for you.
The rating measures the energy and carbon emission efficiency of your property using a grade from ‘A’ to ‘G’. An ‘A’ rating is the most efficient, while ‘G’ is the least efficient. The average efficiency grade to date in IP17 is ‘D’. All properties are measured using the same calculations, so you can compare the efficiency of different properties before deciding which to buy or rent.
Energy Performance Certificate’s also provide a detailed recommendation report showing what you could do to help reduce the amount of energy you use and your carbon dioxide emissions. The report lists:
Suggested improvements, like fitting loft insulation
Possible cost savings per year, if the improvements are made
How the recommendations would change the energy and carbon emission rating of the property
You do not have to act on the recommendations in the recommendation report. However, it you decide to do so, it could make your IP17 property more attractive for sale or rent by making it more energy efficient.
THE CURRENT RULES (Note: New Rules being introduced in April 2012)
Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 require:
- All properties marketed for rent or sale in the UK is required to have by law a valid IP17 Energy Performance Certificate in place.
- The seller/landlord/agent has a duty to ensure that an Energy Performance Certificate has been commissioned before commencing marketing a property where no IP17 Energy Performance Certificate is available.
- An IP17 Energy Performance Certificate is considered as commissioned when an IP17 Domestic Energy Assessor has been instructed and paid for an IP17 Energy Performance Certificate or a clear undertaking to pay has been agreed.
- The person acting on behalf of the seller/landlord must be satisfied that an IP17 Energy Performance Certificate has been commissioned before commencing marketing.
- The seller/landlord or person acting on their behalf must make reasonable efforts to secure their IP17 Energy Performance Certificate within 28 days.
- All of the above carry fixed penalties when the new regulations are not followed.