Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

As we’re sure you’ll be aware, all properties require an EPC certificate. Your certificate will only be as accurate as your measured survey. We conduct the measured survey ourselves so that we can ensure it is completed to a high standard. This means your EPC certificate will be accurate and offer you useful information.

Improving EPC

At Murton & Co. we do EPC certificates to be able to advise on areas to improve your rating. Properties with higher energy ratings are also going to be more favourable to potential renters, this is regardless of it being commercial or residential. Improving your EPC rating also allows you to be able to make energy efficiencies that save you money in the future.

EPC for compliance

Murton & Co. understands there is a balancing act when it comes to rental properties and you may not require the highest ratings. We offer EPC certificates so that you can meet the minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) to be able to rent out a property compliantly.

Let’s take James. He is fictitious in name but his problems are real.

James owns and manages several rentals in his local area. He finds he spends a lot of time trying to stay on top of all the energy requirements for his properties. He also buys and does up older properties to put on the rental market. These often have very low energy ratings and require solid advice about the best ways to get him his return on investment. He doesn’t want or need his properties to be the best in energy efficiency but he definitely does require them to be a decent standard. Cost is also a concern as he wants to get his energy ratings up but not so high that he’ll have to pay a fortune in doing so. Murton & Co. help many clients like James keep compliant without sacrificing yields.

First Time EPC

Energy performance certificates are also required on new build properties. This is a legal requirement as there are standards to meet to be able to lease the property. Having a high energy rating also makes the property more attractive to potential renters. As we do a floor plan as standard during the EPC process, for a small fee, we will provide you with a copy to save you the time and expense of having them completed separately.

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An Energy Performance Certificate is required by law when a property – either domestic or non-domestic – is sold or leased. It is also required as part of compliance with Building Regulations on new-build properties and when making alterations to existing ones. Your Murton & Co assessor will first perform a thorough and accurate measured survey. They will gather information – such as the build date, building fabric, insulation, efficiencies of heating and air conditioning systems, hot water and lighting – then use it to calculate your energy efficiency rating and produce the certificate. You may be exempt from having to obtain an EPC. Ask your assessor for details.

More than just an EPC

An EPC is not just a formal compliance certificate. You’ll also receive estimated calculations of your energy bills, as well as advice on how to improve the energy efficiency of your property and save money.

From April 2018, all new leases are subject to the government’s Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), whereby an EPC rated in band F or G may disqualify a property from being leased.

Measured surveys

We conduct a measured survey and produce a floor plan as part of the EPC. The plan is accurate enough to be used for other aspects of managing your property asset, such as lease plans, fire risk, planning application, valuation, etc. For a small fee, we will give you a copy of your floor plan, which will save you the time and expense of having the survey done separately.

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What happens next?

1. Initial consultation, along with a site visit if necessary, to establish purpose of the EPC. There could also be implications for MEES
2. Submit fee proposal
3. Following formal instruction, we will carry out the survey
4. Process the survey data and consider implications for MEES
5. Deliver the EPC and Recommendation Report.

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