EPCs. A decade or so ago, we would be forgiven for not paying much attention to them, let alone knowing what they are and why they are importance. But in the current climate of eco-efficient buildings both domestic and commercial, and EPC is the cornerstone of your home’s performance, energy-wise. It stands for Energy performance Certificate, and every domestic property is assessed (by a DEA) in order for the certificate to be produced. The certificate takes into consideration things such as heating and electricity consumption and facilities, conversions, insulation and water usage.
According to a recent energy report created in June 2019, in the previous quarter, 410 thousand EPCs were lodged in England and Wales. While 85% were for sales/lettings of existing properties, 17% were for new builds and conversions – which sees a 3% increase on these sorts of EPCs from the previous year. But why does any of this matter to the average homeowner? Well, simply put, the better the results of your energy assessment, the better for your place on the market. So, whether you are looking at adding an extension or conversion to your home and would like to ensure that your energy performance still ranks with the best of them, or you’re looking to run a more energy-efficient household, here are something to consider with each decision.
Insulation. Whether it’s wall, loft, pipe or underfloor – insulation is a huge factor when it comes to running an energy efficient home. In fact, it should be one of the first considerations if you are deciding to add or convert a space in the home and bring it up to standard when it comes to energy performance and consumption. If you don’t consider it as priority, you could be setting up a space that ends up being costly rather than an energy and money saver in the long term. There will be different levels and types of insulation, depending on what it is that you need to upgrade or add to the home. Due to the heat lost in the loft of the home, the most popular type of insulation is loft insulation, followed by cavity wall and piping. In fact, people often take advantage of the loft space as a whole by considering a conversion and creating a super-energy-efficient space, while also adding value to their home through additional space.
Heating & electricity. Insulation plays a part here too, but there will be additional factors that your DEA will consider here: how efficient your boiler is, how new it is and how well it is performing; whether not you have an eco-friendly heating app or remote thermostat; the type of lighting you use – do you make use of energy efficient bulbs; your water usage and anything that is in place in the home to help keep energy consumption low, such as pipe and boiler insulation; solar panels or the potential for solar panels and/or any alternative green energy sources.
So, whether you’re considering an extension or conversion to your existing space, or you are thinking about setting up your home for the property market in order to compete with the energy ratings of similar properties, your starting point is to make your home and/or your new planned space as energy efficient as possible. Your domestic EPC is a hugely important part of the overall value of your home – and every space in the home should be considered.