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We have listed below the most frequent questions we are asked

What is an EPC?

An Energy Performance Certificate is sometimes just referred to as an EPC. It contains important information on how to reduce the carbon emissions generated by any property which in turn can help to reduce energy bills, making the property more cost-effective and energy efficient to run.

Why do I need an EPC?

it is a legal requirement that properties being marketed for sale or letting require a current Energy Performance Certificate to be in place. Trading Standards are empowered to issue fines to individuals or businesses to enforce this legislation; there is however a seven-day grace period to rectify the situation and this is achieved by booking the EPC.

How long is the EPC valid for

A Domestic Energy Performance Certificate lasts for ten years from the issue date and can be renewed at any time within that period if required. It is a good idea to obtain an up to date assessment if the property has been improved eg, with increased insulation or double glazing etc.


How do I know if my property already has an EPC?

You can check to see if a property has an Energy Performance Certificate by visiting the Landmark website and searching using your property postcode. If you have lived there since before 2008 and have never instructed an EPC on the property, the chances are, the property will not have a valid EPC.

Are there any exemptions for needing an EPC?

There are a number of instances where an EPC is not required

  • Places of Worship

  • Temporary buildings (planned to be used for less than 2 years)

  • Stand alone buildings with a total used floor area of 50m2 or less that are not dwellings


How do I check the assessor is properly qualified?

EPC's can only legally be undertaken by a qualified and registered Assessor. The Assessors accreditation details can also be checked on the Landmark official register.


How will I receive my EPC?

You will be emailed with a link to enable you to download your EPC certificate as soon as it is ready. Alternatively you can also request a paper copy if required.

I have had my report; why does it say, 'Insulation Assumed'?

Whilst at the property, the assessor, will gather the required data and evidence to support his findings. If the householder has any additional supporting evidence regarding the presence of insulation that may not be visible at the time of the inspection, it may be able to use this in the assessment. However if no evidence is available, the software will automatically make assumptions based on the age and construction of the building as to whether insulation is present. In the report the word 'assumed' will appear where there is no other evidence available.

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