Every building in Scotland must have an EPC rating if it is to be rented, bought or built. There are new regulations in place that means that EPC ratings must be lowered in order to increase energy efficiency for all buildings.
What Are EPC Ratings?
Energy Performance Certification (EPC) indicate how energy efficient a building is. They run on a scale of A (most energy efficient) to G (least energy efficient). The EPC lets tenants and buyers know how cost-effective a property will be to heat and power. The certification also provides information to the building owner about how they can improve their EPC rating.
What Changes Are Coming Into Effect?
Previously the lowest EPC rating for domestic private rental properties or properties for sale was an E. The new regulations mean that anything below a D is not allowed. This change comes into effect from 2022 for new tenants or buyers and 2025 for existing tenants.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, these changes have been postponed, but it is a good idea for landlords to get their properties up to standard in preparation for the changes. Here at Murray & Currie, we can help landlords get their properties ready to meet the changing regulations.
What Can Landlords Do To Comply?
One of the best ways to improve energy efficiency is to have new insulation installed throughout the property. This should be put in areas such as wall cavities, attics and flooring. It’s best to choose high-quality insulation that won’t require frequent replacement.
You can also update the windows and doors to your property. This can be particularly beneficial for older properties. Ensure that there are no drafts or gaps in window fittings to get the best energy efficiency. You should consider triple glazed windows for maximum efficiency.
Making use of more energy-efficient boilers and solar panels can also increase your chances of getting a high EPC rating.
How Do You Get A Certificate?
You will need to use an approved organisation to prepare and issue an EPC. Always check that a provider is approved through the Scottish government website.
How Is The EPC Rating Calculated?
The EPC is calculated based on the construction, materials, layout and size of the building. It also takes into account how it is insulated, ventilated, heated and powered. When preparing your building for an EPC, it is crucial that you take as many steps as possible to achieve a high rating. Not only will this increase buyer or tenant interest in your property, but it will also help you comply with future regulations.
After receiving your EPC, you should affix it to the property. This is usually done on the boiler or in the boiler or meter cupboard. You should also keep a copy with your records for that property. It is crucial to prepare for the changes in regulations as the shift towards carbon neutrality and eco-friendly buildings continue.
If you want more help and guidance on the different necessities for making a property compliant with regulations or for any other help with property sales in Edinburgh, get in touch today.