GTH are one of very few private practices that have specialist Assessors and Surveyors accredited to provide Energy Performance Certificates on all types of commercial and residential buildings.

All homes bought, sold or rented require an EPC and it is valid for 10 years. EPCs give information on how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce your energy costs. They contain information on the energy use and typical energy costs as well as a recommendations report on how to reduce energy use and save money. If you act on the suggestions in the report, it could make your property more attractive for sale or rent by making it more energy efficient.

The EPC ratings compare the current energy efficiency and estimated costs of energy use with potential figures that your home could achieve, if energy saving measures were put in place.
The rating measures the energy efficiency of your property using a grade from ‘A’ (most efficient) to ‘G’ (least efficient). The average efficiency grade to date is 'D'.

New rules coming into force in April 2018 will compel landlords of commercial and residential properties to ensure their buildings have an EPC rating of at least an E. This means all new lettings – whether commercial or domestic – must meet at least an E rating by April 2018. These regulations will encompass all privately rented property by April 2020 and commercial premises by 2023 even where a lease is already in place or the premises are occupied.

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The following buildings do not need an EPC when they are built, rented or sold:

  • Places of worship
  • Temporary buildings - used for less than two years
  • Standalone buildings – with a floor area of less than 50m² and not used for single household living accommodation
  • Industrial sites – e.g. workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings not using a lot of energy
  • Holiday accommodation - rented out for less than 4 months a year or let under a licence to occupy
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